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This article reports the perceived learning of a group of Chinese teacher candidates who audited an ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) literacy course while participating in an exchange programme between Southwest University in China and the University of Windsor in Canada. Data were collected through 1) reflective notes written by visiting students and 2) semi-structured interviews conducted with them towards the end of their visit. The majority of participants stated that the learning experience helped them to realise the important role theory plays in the learning of ICT and to seek ideas of how to creatively integrate ICT in their future classrooms. Participants with limited ICT knowledge and skills reported that by being exposed to various functions of frequently used programmes and many free software programmes, they felt more confident in using ICT in their own teaching. Furthermore, those with strong ICT backgrounds found that the course helped them to understand the relationship among ICT, society, and pedagogy. The teacher candidates’ perceived learning included aspects of culture and pedagogy in addition to ICT knowledge and skills. Coming to know in ways like this is critically important to international partnerships and foundational to reciprocal learning where each learns from the other.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2020
This article reports on an analysis of scholarship published over the last 20 years in four journals, which examined the discourse in these journals around mathematical content and instructional strategies for preservice early childhood teachers. The analysis is focusing on the U.S. context. The findings revealed that attention to the context of early childhood education was minimal, largely as a result of a dominant focus on elementary education. This focus on elementary rather than early childhood showed up in greater attention to advanced content in mathematics and in an emphasis on formal over informal instructional methods.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2015
Reflective Journals: Making Constructive Use of the “Apprenticeship of Observation” in Preservice Teacher Education
In the author's introductory educational psychology course, students write biweekly journals reflecting on their own lived experiences in light of course concepts and ideas. In this article, the author shares typical journal questions and excerpts from the responses of two recent classes to show how students can engage journal questions at differing levels. The author discusses choice, respect, and agency as three essential conditions for effective use of student journals in preservice teacher education.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2013
Impact of a Content and Methods Course Sequence on Prospective Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Beliefs
This article reports on a study of beliefs about mathematics, teaching, and proof. The study was conducted with six prospective secondary mathematics teachers. The findings reveal that while their beliefs about mathematics and proof appeared to be relatively stable, their beliefs about teaching shifted from a more teacher-centered view to beliefs that foreground the activities and understandings of the students.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2012
Defining Content for Field-Based Coursework: Contrasting the Perspectives of Secondary Preservice Teachers and Their Teacher Preparation Curricula
This study examined changes and continuities in how secondary teacher preparation programs and preservice teachers conceptualized the content and sequence of field-based teacher preparation.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2011
The purpose of the study was to examine relationships between 10th-grade science proficiency and school context factors related to school environment, courses, and teachers. The moderating or interaction effects were examined for the school demographic composition variables of free/reduced lunch and minority percentages on variable relationships with science proficiency scores. This study suggests that teacher quality in high poverty, majority-minority school settings remains an important policy target for reform and improvement.
Updated: May. 30, 2010
The Translation of Teachers’ Understanding of Gifted Students Into Instructional Strategies for Teaching Science
This study investigated how instructional challenges presented by gifted students shaped teachers’ instructional strategies. The participants were three high school science teachers who were teaching identified gifted students in both heterogeneously- and homogeneously-grouped classrooms. Data analysis indicated that these science teachers developed content-specific teaching strategies based on their understanding of gifted students.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2009
This article describes an approach to online course planning and design. Special attention was paid to creating rich and meaningful student-to-content interactions, as well as student-to-instructor interactions. The instructors approached the design of this course to address personalization (student-to-instructor interaction), meaningful engagement (student-to-content interaction), and ongoing checks of student understanding (student-to-instructor and student-to-content interactions). The authors conclude the article with recommendations for future online course development and implementation in the field of teacher education.
Updated: Jul. 09, 2009
The study is an examination of syllabi from multicultural teacher education (MTE) courses taught across the United States. Using qualitative content analysis and drawing on existing typologies for multicultural education, the author analyzed the theories and philosophies underlying MTE course designs.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2009