Search results for: Masters programs
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Teachers’ motivations for master’s degree programs in education in Israeli teacher training institutions and the implications for government policy-making concerning those programs
The study aimed to identify teachers’ motivations to study Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs offered by teachers’ training colleges. M.Ed. degree programs have become available in Israel since 2004, with a rapid increase since then in the number of colleges offering various programs and a consequent increase in the number of graduates. M.Ed. degrees follow one of two teaching approaches: (1) top-down/transmission of knowledge (2) bottom-up transformative studies to support teachers’ professional autonomy. The study’s methodology included examining data from multiple sources: documentation concerning the academic programs, government policy statements, and surveys administered to teachers who had graduated successfully from M.Ed. programs over the past decade and are now working in the field. The authors found that after the first decade of M.Ed. courses in Israel, significantly more programs incline towards the bottom-up/transformative approach, aiming to promote individual, personal and professional development instead of adopting the transmission approach. Teachers prefer M.Ed. programs at universities that include research. Yet their motivation to study is primarily intrinsic motivation, whether they aspire to study at universities or at teachers’ training colleges. Results are pertinent for government planning of teachers’ professional development. Further study into the needs of teachers is required to endorse these conclusions.
Updated: Mar. 01, 2020
This article describes an online course, which was created for engaging in-service teachers in pedagogies and technologies associated with creativity, innovation, and invention; using a variety of technologies in a safe, open, and playful atmosphere to help practicing teachers develop their own creativity; and providing tools for the development of creativity in their own students. Data from this self-assessment were analyzed to measure whether the course activities increased participants’ scores for overall creativity and for eight components of creativity. The results indicated that participants did make a significant overall gain in creativity and in the component areas of Abstraction, Connection, Perspective, and Boldness.
Updated: Feb. 01, 2017
This research focuses on aspirations for an M-level teaching profession within one densely populated government region – the English West Midlands – from the perspectives of key stakeholders. In particular, teachers’ perceptions regarding aspirations for an M-level profession are generally overlooked and neglected in academic literature. This article contributes to addressing this gap in academic literature by highlighting teacher perceptions, alongside the perceptions of HEIs. Findings show that aspirations for an M-level teaching profession in England received an overwhelmingly positive response from these key stakeholders in this government region. Clearly, all respondents were overwhelmingly in favour of an M-level teaching profession. However, there were also concerns around an M-level profession in the manner in which it was being implemented.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2017
This article aims to explore the theoretical structure of what the authors call multicultural apprenticeships in teacher education. This structure is drawn from decades of scholarship and research in teacher education, in general, and in preparing teachers for diversity, in particular. It is further situated within the authors' own work in an Early Childhood Education Masters in Education program and their commitments to preparing teachers to support diverse populations of children.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2017
“These Rules Take All the Life Out of My Work...”: Student Teachers Confront the Demands of Academic Writing
This study investigates how master’s students who are also longtime teachers contend with the requirements of academic writing. The purpose of the study is to identify points of difficulty in order to find appropriate methods of support. To this end, the authors interviewed teachers pursuing a master’s degree at a college of education in Israel. During the interviews, the authors identified a number of patterns, including students who were used to different ways of expressing themselves and found it difficult to comply with the principles of academic writing.
Updated: Jul. 18, 2016
Investigating Advanced Professional Learning of Early Career and Experienced Teachers through Program Portfolios
This study examined the effects of professional development on early career (EC) and experienced (EXP) teachers during an advanced master’s degree programme in the USA. The findings reveal that differences between EC and EXP teachers were noteworthy, indicating that these two groups responded to professional development experiences differently.
Updated: May. 02, 2016
It Takes Courage: Fostering the Development of Critical, Social Justice-Oriented Teachers Using Museum and Project-Based Instruction
This article describes development of an educational setting which fosters critical, social justice practices of teachers. Through course readings, museum visits, focus group discussions, and reflections on clinical observation experiences, preservice teachers developed a fictitious educational setting that incorporates critical, social justice practices and privileges the experiences and cultural backgrounds of all K-12 students. The authors developed recommendations for how future educators problematized ideas of courage, race, and diversity in developing the setting.
Updated: May. 02, 2016
This article argues that induction into research techniques as a means of exploring practical challenges can lead to knowledge production and ownership. Its explicit aim is to introduce student teachers to a range of information sources, including a variety of research tools, with which they engage critically to gain confidence in making well-informed though flexible and cautious professional decisions. It offers examples of the use of small-scale research projects as a valid means of ‘discovery learning’ in pre-service teacher education. The authors recognise that engagement in research remains a minority activity for practising teachers. However, participants' writings show that it is possible as a novice researcher to understand the potential and pitfalls of research, to generate new knowledge and to undergo deep personal learning through designing and implementing a small-scale project.
Updated: Sep. 01, 2015
Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices by Graduated Special Educators of Students With ASD: Creating a Community of Practice
In this article, the authors used multiple measures to evaluate whether special education graduates (a) remain in the field working with students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and (b) sustain effective practices. The findings reveal that all 12 graduates remain in the field. All continued to collect data for progress monitoring purposes and continue to use the EBPs identified by the National Professional Development Center (NPDC) on ASD with fidelity.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2015
The authors wanted to find out more about student teachers’ understandings of Master’s-level work in relation to teacher education. In addition, they wanted to discover if working at Master’s level during the course of their PGCE changed their perceptions of its value at all. The authors therefore decided to survey the students about their experiences during the PGCE year. The authors conclude that they focused on the processes of understanding teaching and learning, which are most effective when the collaborative and social dimensions of professional learning are developed with the skills of critical reflection and research literacy. This combination enables teachers to problematise their learning contexts and develop complex understandings of teaching and learning.
Updated: Apr. 01, 2014