Search results for: Instructional effectiveness
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Development and Evaluation of a Training on Need-Supportive Teaching in Physical Education: Qualitative and Quantitative Findings
The purpose of this study was to develop a training for physical education (PE) teachers on how to create a need-supportive learning environment. This article described how researchers and experienced secondary school PE teachers closely collaborated to develop a continuous professional development (CPD) training grounded in Self-Determination Theory’s principles of need-supportive teaching. The findings suggest that teachers highly valued opportunities for active participation, collaboration and experiential learning. In addition, the PE teachers highly appreciated the theoretical background information to be able to understand and follow the rest of the training.
Updated: Jan. 01, 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
The article details an exploratory qualitative study that investigated 61 prospective teachers’ conceptual understanding of dissolving salt and sugar in water respectively. Analysis revealed that participants’ explanations of dissolving were predominantly descriptive explanations and interpretative explanations, with lower percentage occurrences of intentional and cause and effect level explanations. Most of these explanations were also constructed by a set of loosely connected and reinforcing everyday concepts abstracted from common everyday experiences making them misconceptions.
Updated: Nov. 08, 2016
This article aims to provide a concrete illustration of a practice-based teacher education strategy. This strategy applied to the preparation of high school biology teachers learning to enact lab lessons that enhance opportunities for students to engage in reasoning with scientific concepts. The authors conclude that the tools of the bridging approach presented in the article—the heuristic goal system and the teaching impact analysis— allow teachers to construct their own authentic representations of the components of their practice and the values and goals that hold their practice in place. As a result, the path to improvement can be made both concrete and attainable.
Updated: Nov. 01, 2016
Drawing on extensive survey and administrative data on all teachers, students, and schools in a large, urban district, this study investigates whether certain kinds of field placement schools predict later teacher performance. It finds that teachers who learned to teach in field placements with stronger teacher collaboration, achievement gains, and, to a lesser degree, teacher retention were subsequently more effective at raising student achievement. However, these kinds of schools were less likely to be used as field placements.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2016
This study is interested to understand the relationship of teacher educational and career experience variables with instructional alignment. The results of the fixed effects models indicate significant, positive associations, though they are generally modest in magnitude.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2016
Preservice Teachers’ Attitudes and Beliefs Toward Student Diversity and Proposed Instructional Practices: A Sequential Design Study
This research draws on insights from achievement goal theory and multicultural education to examine the interrelated nature of preservice teachers’ biases and beliefs regarding culturally diverse students and the kind of instructional practices they are likely to pursue. The findings reveal that preservice teachers were significantly less biased and prejudiced and more likely to endorse adaptive instructional practices by the time they were ready to graduate from the teacher education program than they were during their 1st year in the program.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2015
This study examined the problem-solving skills of preservice teachers through the use of an online video case with question prompts. This research was a three-level video presentation by two-grade-level between subjects factorial design. The findings indicate that, although the participants drew from at least one teaching knowledge component at any stage of the problem-solving process, they rarely used their content knowledge. The authors provided explanations for preservice teachers’ ability to use their teaching knowledge in video-based problem solving. In addition, the results reveal that the elementary education majors generated pedagogical and content solutions at a higher level than the secondary education counterparts.
Updated: Dec. 20, 2015
The Flipped Classroom Model of Learning in Higher Education: An Investigation of Preservice Teachers’ Perspectives and Achievement
This study investigated preservice teachers’ perspectives of the flipped classroom model and examined the impact of the model on student achievement. The authors found no significant differences between the flipped model and the traditional model in terms of academic achievement. However, they found different factors that may influence the effectiveness of this teaching model.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2015
This exploratory study aimed to examine online teachers’ self-reported frequency and confidence in performing online learning tasks. The study compared between two groups of teachers. One group was comprised of teachers who had completed a comprehensive preparation program, the other group comprised of teachers who participated in a one-day face-to-face workshop. This study found no differences between those with extensive preparation for teaching online and those with only a basic understanding of the course design, the structure of online course materials, and expectations and responsibilities.
Updated: Aug. 16, 2015