Search results for: Elementary school teachers
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Teacher Learning through Self-Regulation: An Exploratory Study of Alternatively Prepared Teachers’ Ability to Plan Differentiated Instruction in an Urban Elementary School
The purpose of this research is to understand alternative certification candidates’ development as planners and implementers of Differentiated Instruction. This article presents three cases which introduces three female apprentices. The important role of self-regulation in apprentice development is an overarching conclusion in this study because the development of each of the other conditions (collegial relationships, classroom management, planning for a standard and student need, accepting feedback) was greatly influenced by the apprentice’s ability to self-regulate. Apprentices with strong self-regulatory capabilities demonstrated a stronger ability to plan and implement Differentiated Instruction. This stronger ability is possibly due to the fact that teachers who engage in self-regulatory behaviors are more likely to know what is going on with students, and lessons.
Updated: Mar. 01, 2017
Opportunities and Challenges in Training Elementary School Teachers in Classroom Management: Initial Results from Classroom Management in Action, an Online Professional Development Program
The authors use existing literature to identify the key features that make in-service professional development (PD) effective. The authors present these features as the defining features of a recently developed PD program, Classroom Management in Action, which blends online technology, evidence-based practice in positive behavior support, video modeling, self-paced/step-by-step activities, and tools for aiding and measuring fidelity and behavioral outcomes.
Updated: Feb. 26, 2017
This study focused on integrating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) lessons with arts-themed activities to create interdisciplinary STEAM education in order to simultaneously address these two contemporary challenges. The participants were 124 pre-service elementary teachers, who used multimedia production technologies to develop original STEAM lessons. The results showed general overall similarities among the three participating groups of bilingual generalist (BG), regular generalist (RG), and undecided generalist (UG) pre-service elementary teachers in regard to their peer evaluation scores for achievement of creativity-related objectives in the STEAM lessons.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2017
Promoting the Understanding of Photosynthesis Among Elementary School Student Teachers Through Text Design
The purpose of this study was to investigate what kind of conceptions elementary school student teachers have regarding photosynthesis and whether or not a refutational text fosters an understanding of the phenomenon more effectively than a traditional, nonrefutational text. The authors were also interested in how the level of learners’ previous knowledge was connected to learning via different text types. The results indicate that pre-service elementary school teachers’ understanding of photosynthesis was relatively poor before they read the text. However, after reading the text, the participants achieved significantly better results, and thus the intervention was successful. The results also indicate that the refutational text supported students’ learning of photosynthesis more than the traditional, non-refutational text.
Updated: Nov. 29, 2016
In this article, the authors focused on observed and perceived feedback on practice among teachers, who participated in a peer coaching program. The authors focused on two issues: the interplay of observed feedback dimensions and elements and perceptions of that feedback. The results showed that the elements of the peer coaching program were proven as an effective professional development activity: watching video excerpts, asking open-ended, solution-focused questions, acknowledging coached teachers, and helping them to tackle their goals were confirmed as parts of an effective feedback environment.
Updated: Nov. 07, 2016
The purpose of this case study was to document the development of a beginning elementary teacher identity for science teaching at the elementary school. In doing so, this study traces the experiences throughout her life in various contexts and examines how those impacted the development of her identity for science teaching. As revealed in the findings, the beginning teacher did not have a strong science identity as a young learner of science. She articulated no enthusiasm about science and was unable to share many critical experiences with science across her schooling years. A shift in her identity occurred when she went to university and gained an interest in science because she was provided with opportunities to think and do science in contemporary ways.
Updated: Oct. 31, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of an induction programme, based on individual mentoring, had on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) teaching for both novice teachers and their mentors in primary schools. The results point towards mentoring as a meaningful and effective approach to teacher education for ESD with potential for integrating forms of professional learning communities. The novice/experienced teacher mentoring relationship developed within the ESD induction system implemented during this research highlights the positive implications for both the novice teachers and the mentors. Mentoring can promote teacher interaction and provide a supportive and challenging forum for both intellectual and affective interrogation of practice.
Updated: Sep. 22, 2016
The purpose of the study was to understand how practice in multigrade classrooms in villages located in rural areas in Turkey might influence preservice elementary teachers’ identity. The results indicated a positive change in teachers’ willingness to engage in the profession. The practicum is very important in providing preservice teachers with experience in this type of classroom, as well as in developing a set of role expectations and positive attitudes towards multigrade teaching. The results indicated that these experiences helped students to recognise new institutional roles and modify their expectations, as well as creating positive attitudes towards multigrade schooling and the realities of rural life.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2016
The present study investigated the effect of a mathematics and pedagogy course focused on conceptual understanding on one class of U.S. preservice elementary teachers' beliefs about mathematical knowledge. The course used the Lesh Translation Model to build conceptual understanding through multiple representations. While the change in beliefs from the beginning to the end of the course was investigated, this study also specifically investigated the change in beliefs arising from session activities concerning division by fractions. The course combined difficulties that students can have when taught procedurally, shown with example video, and conceptual understanding that students can display when taught with well-structured activities.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2016
The present study follows three teachers through a practice-based elementary methods course. The course was focused on learning teaching practices through planning, rehearsing, enacting and reflecting on routine instructional activities that travel back and forth between field-based methods course and field placements. All three teachers grew in their capacity to lead goal-directed lessons by eliciting and responding to students’ thinking.
Updated: Jul. 31, 2016