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In this article, the authors explore the level, variation, and change in teacher knowledge and instruction in the first two years of teaching, the relationship between Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT) and more distal measures such as certification. The findings reveal that many beginning math teachers had neither a degree in math nor substantial coursework in math. The authors also found that beginning teachers in this study generally had low levels of knowledge (as measured by the MKT), a balanced approach to cognitive demands, low levels of discussion quality, and substantial across-teacher variation in topic coverage. Furthermore, this study provides empirical evidence documenting that in their first two years of teaching, middle school math teachers improved in their math knowledge and improved on some but not all measures of instructional quality.
Updated: Apr. 05, 2017
This article presents a measurement instrument (TERDS) to measure teacher educators’ self-reported researcherly disposition throughout their working lives. The first part of the article reports the results of factor analysis (EFA and CFA), which suggest a four-factor structure of teacher educators’ researcherly disposition: (1) ‘ valuing research’, (2) ‘being a smart consumer of research’, (3) ‘ being able to conduct research’, and (4) ‘conducting research’. Goodness of fit estimates were calculated, indicating good fit. The authors conclude that by using the instrument to explore differences between several subgroups of teacher educators, this study enhances empirical understanding of a previously ‘undiscovered’ and ‘neglected’ professional group.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2017
The authors argue that it is crucial to prepare early childhood teachers to create high-quality environments that facilitate the development of all children. The Early Childhood Ecology Scale-Revised (ECES-R) has been developed as a reflective tool to help early childhood teacher candidates examine their beliefs concerning classroom ecology. The authors posit that the ECES-R identifies five dimensions that promote a high-quality, culturally responsive classroom ecology. These dimensions include the sociocognitive, sociocultural, sociolinguistic, socioemotional, and sociophysical dimensions.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012
Capturing Unique Dimensions of Youth Organized Activity Involvement: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations
This paper investigates the complexities of assessing involvement and focuses specifically on the following organized activity dimensions: (a) breadth, (b) intensity, (c) duration/consistency, and (d) engagement. A conceptual model is presented to describe issues that are important to consider when assessing various dimensions of organized activity involvement in future research.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2012
Preservice and Early Career Teachers' Attitudes toward Inclusion, Instructional Accommodations, and Fairness: Three Profiles
The current study examined the attitudes of beginning general education teachers with respect to teaching in inclusion classrooms. Sixty graduate students, taking a survey at the conclusion of a special education course, completed Q-sorts constructed to evaluate responses regarding attitude toward (a) inclusion, (b) instructional accommodations, and (c) fairness, along two dimensions: positive/negative and anxious/confident. A three-factor solution resulted in profiles of three groups of teachers: keen, but anxious, beginners; positive doers; and resisters.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2010
Understanding Singaporean Preschool Teachers' Beliefs about Literacy Development: Four Different Perspectives
Investigating teachers' beliefs may shed light on their activities in the classroom, and in turn, on the pedagogical process itself. A study involving Q-methodology was conducted in Singaporean preschools to investigate some teachers' perceptions of early literacy development and instruction. The study revealed four viewpoint groups among the 30 preschool teachers who participated in the study, and possible teacher characteristics that distinguish the viewpoints from each other.
Updated: May. 09, 2010