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The goal of the "Write for Your Life Project" was to strengthen teacher candidates’ skills in both traditional and digital writing literacies through the use of social networks, blogging, texting, online modules and other social media. The project was designed to encourage teacher candidates to write daily, devise writing minilessons, use peer conferencing, and publish final pieces. This paper describes how the Write for Your Life Project (W4YL) helped teacher candidates (TCs) integrate traditional approaches to teaching writing with new literacies.
Updated: Oct. 11, 2018
This article outlines the development of the author's professional eye as a teacher educator in mathematics education in Australia through the self-study process of initiating and evaluating task variations and describes how this process was used to generate interactions that supported teacher candidates’ assignment work. This article focuses on one example of this research, where the intended object of learning is the construction of open-ended mathematics questions, which can be used by teachers for inclusive curriculum development.
Updated: Dec. 25, 2016
An Examination of Teacher Education in Literacy Instruction and Candidate Perceptions of Their Learned Literacy Practices
The authors identified signature aspects of the programs that captured key elements unique to each institution and compared teacher candidate perceptions of learning with the expressed intentions of the faculty. Findings indicate some deficiencies across the institutions as well as many strengths and key attributes.
Updated: Feb. 28, 2016
The present paper examines a collaborative study that two teacher educators conducted across two sites. The researchers designed the wiki to support teacher candidates’ critical thinking about learner characteristics; community, classroom, and school factors; and pedagogical content necessary to support elementary school students’ literacy development. Results show that peer collaboration on wiki exchanges supported collaboration and critical thinking about student characteristics and instructional pedagogy. The wiki posts indicated that the wiki supported candidates in considering the developmental needs of students; students’ diverse approaches to learning; and students’ existing skills, abilities, and prior knowledge. The wiki also supported candidates in considering their pedagogical practices in relation to their students’ levels of literacy development.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2016
This article examines how primary school mentor teachers made their decisions regarding teacher candidates' practicum performance. The mentor teachers’ explanations for their decisions gave the authors access to their ‘cue utiltisation validities’ - how they used the cues they identified. Within the participant group some appeared to emphasise personal attribute dimensions, other professional practice dimensions; for others it was difficult to determine a preference. There was, however, evidence that the mentors did not emphasise one thing to the exclusion of the other cues with weaker cues being used to moderate their decisions. Overall, the judgment-making in this study was considered, careful and reasoned e and widely variable. There was also some evidence of internal dissensus for individual mentors, leading to confusion around assessment of TC practice.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2015
This article presents dispositions supporting the teaching of science as structured inquiry by four elementary candidates. Supportive dispositions included curiosity and questioning, investigating first-hand, learning together, and active learning. These dispositions supported early science teaching despite candidates limited science content knowledge, and may contribute to candidates’ further learning of science.
Updated: May. 13, 2011
This article focused on the processes that teachers use to find a job and how they came to work in particular schools. Participants were individuals currently completing teacher education programs and looking for their first teaching job. The author concludes that teacher applicants’ practical understanding of the job search was informed by their social and cultural background and emphasized characteristics such as familiarity when making career decisions.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2010
The use of electronic portfolios is increasingly becoming popular in teacher education programs. Whereas many teacher education programs have adopted electronic portfolios in order to meet accreditation requirements, others use electronic portfolios to develop and improve on students’ technology skills. Using a qualitative research design, the current study examined teacher candidates’ attitudes toward electronic portfolios and the differences that electronic portfolios bring to their profession.
Updated: Oct. 18, 2009
Responding to the Challenges Posed by Summative Teacher Candidate Evaluation: A Collaborative Self-Study of Practicum Supervision by Faculty
This collaborative self-study describes how two new faculty members responded to the challenges posed by the teacher candidate evaluation process. Methods used included formal tape-recorded discussions during meetings of the self-study group of newly hired faculty, email correspondence, field notes, feedback from public forums about their work, and teacher candidate insights concerning the practicum evaluation process conducted by faculty.New strategies were developed to address the tensions associated with using summative evaluations in a formative framework and to improve practice during faculty practicum supervision.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2009
This study describes a paid field experience designed to investigate teacher candidates' willingness to teach in urban schools. 73 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a teacher preparation program were recruited for participation in the SITC program. Data from pre and post surveys indicated no significant difference as the number of previous field hours increased, from the beginning to the conclusion of field experience, on ratings of field experience and willingness, and between ethnic and SES groups.
Updated: Jul. 22, 2009