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8Novice preschool teachers’ professional skills as assessed by preschool principals and the novice teachers themselves
Novice teachers’ need for support and induction is widely recognized, and so is the role of principals in that process. Accountability-driven reforms in education have compelled principals to increasingly focus on managerial responsibilities, whereas teachers are subjected to external assessment of their professional qualities and their students’ learning outcomes. This role division can undermine the principals’ readiness for instructional leadership and can affect their perceptions of novice teachers’ needs, knowledge, skills, and attitudes, which in turn potentially inhibits adequate support given to novice teachers. Therefore, it is important to know how principals and novice teachers assess novice teachers’ professional qualities. In this study, the authors investigated the Estonian preschool principals’ and novice preschool teachers’ assessments of the professional skills of novice teachers. Fifty-seven principals and 61 first-year teachers responded to a written questionnaire. They first found that, in almost all aspects, the novice teachers assessed their professional skills higher than did the preschool principals. Second, they found that when combining the assessments of both groups of respondents, the lowest ratings were given on novice teachers’ skills in working with children with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds and with children with special needs. They discuss relevant implications for early childhood teacher education.
Updated: Apr. 11, 2022
Leading a Professional Learning Community for teacher educators: inquiry into college principals’ motives and challenges
The purpose of this narrative study is to trace the process whereby Israeli Academic College of Education principals lead Professional Learning Communities (PLC) for teacher educators. The focus is on the unique situation in which various different roles (administrator/facilitator/learner) are integrated during this process. Seven semi-structured interviews underwent a thematic analysis that indicated two parallel journeys of PLC leadership: a journey of co-leading a PLC and cultivating creativity, and a journey of crystallizing intellectual identity and image through leading PLCs. The discussion provides an interpretation of these two journeys in accordance with both social-cognitive and social-classification theories. It examines the findings in terms of three types of tensions and fears typical of PLC leaders, as reflected in the literature.
Updated: Sep. 15, 2021
Teacher participation in school-based professional development in China: does it matter for teacher efficacy and teaching strategies?
Based on a conceptual framework applying recent research knowledge, this study investigates the relationships between teacher participation in school-based professional development and its individual and school contextual antecedents and effects on teachers and teaching in the context of mainland China. A total of 1506 secondary school teachers responded to a questionnaire survey. The results show that teachers’ willingness to attend teaching research activities and supportive principal leadership facilitated teacher participation. Among the three dimensions of teacher participation, it was collective lesson planning and teacher collegiality, not the frequency of participation, that improved teacher efficacy and the adoption of desirable teaching strategies. These results enrich the knowledge about the characteristics and effectiveness of teacher professional development in China. The implications of the findings are discussed.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2020
This study examined how collaboration between teacher educators and leaders and teachers can promote development in teacher education, in school and in the collaboration site in school where both parties meet. The findings show that school-based development is a positive form of continuing the professional development of teachers. The author also found that both structure and culture can lay the foundation for and should interact with each other to foster professional development in school and thus lead to a developing organisation. Furthermore, the study reveals that the teacher-TE does not have a model for how teacher educators can collaborate with teachers and leaders in school or how they can collaborate at their institution to develop their work in school and research.
Updated: Jun. 12, 2018
The present study investigated differences in contextual factors across schools and their influence on teachers’ decisions about science instruction. The findings show the influence of context on the sustainability of professional development outcomes. Additionally, it was found that principal support and collegial support are particularly important to teachers in sustaining science instruction. Finally, the study found that variations in school context also influence the extent to which state-level factors affect teachers’ decisions about science instruction.
Updated: Mar. 11, 2018
An Embedded Professional Paired Placement Model: “I Know I Am Not An Expert, But I Am At A Point Now Where I Could Step Into The Classroom And Be Responsible For The Learning”
The authors present a sustainable and innovative model for pre-service teacher paired professional placements called the Teaching School model. The Teaching School model was piloted initially in partnership with a Metropolitan University and a P-12 College located in Melbourne’s northern suburbs in 2013. The authors present evidence of success through the voices of pre-service teachers, mentor teachers and school principals to demonstrate the success of professional experience model.
Updated: Aug. 13, 2017
This article uses two narrative portraits of early career teachers to examine the central role of principals in influencing teachers’ feelings of personal and professional well-being, with both negative and positive effects reported. The portraits of two female early career teachers illustrate the vulnerability of many beginning teachers, whose work conditions are dependent on the goodwill and discretion of colleagues and leaders. In both stories, the principals played a central role in terms of the amount and kind of personal support they gave and their leadership in developing the overall school culture.
Updated: May. 14, 2017
The purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes of mentors, mentees, and principals pertaining to the first year of mentoring in an induction program. The findings revealed that principals noted little concern with program components and appeared the most satisfied with the mentoring program as a whole. Subsequently, mentors had more positive attitudes than did mentees across grade span, and mentees at the elementary school level had the most positive attitudes among all mentees across grade span. In addition, it was most important to elementary school teachers to participate in mentoring, and also to observe veteran teachers as part of their mentoring activities.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2016
The purpose of this article is to define and describe the mentoring mindset in a protégé. A definition of the protégé's mentoring mindset was created after analysis of the interview data, and indicators of the presence and absence of the mindset were formulated into a Protégé Mentoring Mindset Framework that provides information on protégé competencies. The protégé with a mentoring mindset takes initiative, possesses a learning orientation, has a goal orientation, is relational and reflective. Conversely, the protégé who does not have a mentoring mindset lacks initiative, lacks a learning orientation, a goal orientation, and is not relational or reflective.
Updated: Nov. 03, 2015
Teacher Research in Dutch Professional Development Schools: Perceptions of the Actual and Preferred Situation in terms of the Context, Process and Outcomes of Research
The aim of this study is to provide deeper insight into the realisation of teacher research in professional development schools in the Netherlands. Participants of these schools were asked for their perceptions of the actual and preferred situation concerning teacher research in terms of the context, processes and outcomes of practice-based research activities by teachers-as-researchers. The authors can conclude that a large difference between the actual and preferred situation was noticeable. Additionally, pupil learning and outcomes seemed not to be a central focal area of the participants at this moment. Finally, the results suggest that in Dutch professional development schools increased attention is needed both by researchers and practitioners on the process and outcome dimensions of doing teacher research.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2015