May. 12, 2009
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The current bulletin represents the latest articles and some significant trends published in academic journals that focus on teacher education, pedagogy and instruction.

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May 12, 2009 International Portal of Teacher Education
May 2009
Featured Items
Perspectives on Induction of Beginning Special Educators: Research Summary, Key Program Features, and the State of State-Level Policies
The purpose of this article is to offer an analysis of factors related to providing support and guidance to beginning special educators and to recommend directions for research, practice, and policy. The authors summarize the empirical studies pertaining to induction for special educators. They also describe key features of effective programs, summarize state-level policy initiatives and offer recommendations.
Mentoring Trainee Teachers: How Can Mentors Use Research?
The review examines ways in which the mentors of trainee teachers can use research as a means of questioning, understanding and improving their own practices. The first part presents an overview of empirical and theoretical research into mentoring relationships. The second part presents four ways in which mentors might engage with the literature.
A Multicultural View of The Good Teacher in Israel
This study investigates the similarities and differences in the perception of the good teacher among a wide population, focusing on two aspects – ethnicity and gender. The research investigated whether the ethno-cultural or the gender component better explains the differences in the perceptions of these qualities and whether interaction exists between the two components. The research indicated that perception of the qualities of a good teacher is culturally dependent. The ethno-cultural origin of the group was dominant in explaining differences in attitudes towards the qualities of the good teacher and not the gender group.
Learning to Teach: Enhancing Pre-Service Teachers' Awareness of The Complexity of Teaching-Learning Processes
The article addresses the effects of the intervention on pre-service teachers’ awarenessof the complexity of teaching. The authors designed one semester-long intervention course for pre-service teachers, based on an Internet site, including video-recorded authentic classroom literature teaching situations, transcripts of these lessons and diverse tasks. An analysis of the data revealed the pre-service teachers’ learning processes as they unfolded along the course: growing awareness of the complexity of classroom teaching, ability to base the analysis of the episodes on theories, and the initial construction of a cognitive lens to view classroom processes holistically.
Inquiry as a Tool for Professional Development School Improvement: Four Illustrations
The paper illustrates the University of Florida's efforts to understand the ways that prospective teacher education can be linked to individual school improvement efforts. It explains how teacher educators and their school-based partners collaboratively craft their professional development school work with prospective and practicing teachers to target school improvement and teacher learning. The authors illustrate four models for engaging in inquiry-oriented school improvement and outline the factors that underlie their design.
The Pedagogy of The Impressed: How Teachers Become Victims of Technological Vision
The research literature implied unwarranted benefits arose from using miniature ‘handheld’ computers (PDAs) in the classroom setting. Focusing closely upon one exemplar UK government-commissioned research study, this article attempts to illustrate how such technological rhetoric is created and sustained. It also attempts to illustrate how dominant technological claims can be interrogated from a perspective that represents teachers’ interests.
How do Teachers View their own Pedagogical Authority?
Based on the German Didaktik tradition and classroom interaction, an approach for the analysis of pedagogical authority is proposed providing an analytical tool for examining and understanding its constitutive elements and explaining its construction. It posits the existence of three types of interaction or relation from which pedagogical authority emanates: pedagogical interaction, deontic interaction and didactic interaction. Data collected from four teachers’ interviews in Finnish comprehensive schools.
Alternative Route Special Education Teacher Preparation Programs Guidelines
In this article, the authors present a series of guidelines intended to assist teacher educators in the development of alternative route (AR) programs. These guidelines, presented within the context of best practices in teacher education, relate directly to what is known about the characteristics of successful AR programs as well as the participants who access these programs.
Collaboration in Student Teaching: Introducing the Collaboration Self-Assessment Tool
This paper focuses on the development of the Collaboration Self-Assessment Tool (CSAT). The identification and practice of specific collaboration skills needed in a student teaching experience are emphasized. . The paper uses a case-study approach to describe how the tool can be used to enhance collaboration between a cooperating teacher and a teacher candidate.
Assistive Technology Training at the Pre-Service Level: A National Snapshot of Teacher Preparation Programs
The Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act mandates that every student with an Individualized Education Program be considered for assistive technology (AT). As a result, future special educators need to have the knowledge and skills regarding AT. In this article, the authors carried out a national study of 160 special education teacher preparation programs using archival document analysis on the current practice of AT course delivery for the preparation of special educators.
Bridging the Real and Ideal: A Comparison between Learning Community Characteristics and A School-based Case Study
This study investigates a small Canadian school's initial attempt at promoting a “learning community” approach. The study also compares it to the ideals of collaborative teamwork set out by recent scholarship.
May 2009
All Recent Items
Multiculturalism & Diversity

Teachers’ Practical Knowledge about Classroom Management in Multicultural Classrooms
Navigating The Unfamiliar in A Quest towards Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in The Classroom
A Multicultural View of The Good Teacher in Israel
A Model of School Change for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in New Zealand: A Summary and Evidence from Systematic Replication
Teaching in Culturally Diverse Contexts: What Knowledge about 'Self' and 'Others' Do Teachers Need?

Professional Development

Using Activity Systems Analysis to Identify Inner Contradictions in Teacher Professional Development
Consonance and Dissonance in A Study Abroad Program as A Catalyst for Professional Development of Pre-Service Teachers
The Effect of Curriculum, Coaching, and Professional Development on Prekindergarten Children's Literacy Achievement
A Longitudinal Study of Effects of A Developmental Teacher Preparation Program on Elementary Prospective Teachers’ Mathematics Beliefs
Inquiry as a Tool for Professional Development School Improvement: Four Illustrations
Computer-Mediated Collaborative Projects as Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

TE & Instruction

The Role of The Teaching Headteacher: A Question of Support?
Does School Context Matter? Relations with Teacher Burnout and Job Satisfaction
Using the Integrative Research Project Approach to Facilitate Early Childhood Teacher Planning
A Primary Teacher’s Mathematics Teaching: The Development of Beliefs and Practice in Different “Supportive” Contexts
Working for Learning: Teaching Assistants Developing Mathematics for Teaching
Developing Biology Lessons Aimed at Teaching for Understanding: A Domain-specific Heuristic for Student Teachers
Teachers Sense-Making Strategies While Watching Video of Mathematics Instruction
Implementing Case-Based Instruction in Higher Education Through Technology: What Works Best?
Beyond Belief: Preservice Teachers' Planned Instructional Strategies
How do Teachers View their own Pedagogical Authority?
Talk, Planning and Decision-Making in Interdisciplinary Teacher Teams: A Case Study
Emergence and Maintenance of Student Teachers' 'Interest' within The Context of Two-Hour Lectures: An Actual Genetic Perspective
Effects of Modeling Collaborative Teaching for Pre-Service Teachers

Mentoring & Supervision

Teachers' Experiences of Mentoring on A Flexible Initial Teacher Education Program: Implications for Partnership Development
On Becoming Educational Researchers: The Importance of Cogenerative Mentoring
Mentoring Trainee Teachers: How Can Mentors Use Research?
A Tutoring Model for Promoting The Pedagogical-Disciplinary Skills of Prospective Teachers

TE Programs

Relationship Matters: Negotiating and Maintaining Partnerships in a Unique Teacher Education Program
Frameworks for Change: Four Recurrent Themes for Quality in Early Childhood Curriculum Initiatives
Effects of a Preparation Program Focused on Accommodating Children with Challenging Behaviors
Alternative Route Special Education Teacher Preparation Programs Guidelines
Preparing Special Education Mentors Using Classroom Artifacts as a Vehicle for Learning About Teaching

Preservice Students

Doth The Lady Protest Too Much? Pre-Service Teachers and The Experience of Dissonance As A Catalyst for Development
Integrating Social Justice with Mathematics and Science: An Analysis of Student Teacher Lessons
The Annotated Unit: A Description of a Systematic Approach to Documenting Candidate Effectiveness in Student Teaching
Learning to Teach: Enhancing Pre-Service Teachers' Awareness of The Complexity of Teaching-Learning Processes
An Exploration of Pre-Service Teachers' Expectations for Their Future Roles

Beginning Teachers

Challenging Experiences Faced by Beginning Casual Teachers: Here One Day and Gone the Next!
An Evaluation of Videoconferencing as a Supportive Technology for Practicum Supervision
Perspectives on Induction of Beginning Special Educators: Research Summary, Key Program Features, and the State of State-Level Policies
First-Year Special Educators: The Influence of School and Classroom Context Factors on Their Accomplishments and Problems

Teaching Assessment

Collaboration in Student Teaching: Introducing the Collaboration Self-Assessment Tool
Assessment Policy and Practice Effects on New Zealand and Queensland Teachers' Conceptions of Teaching

Technology & Computers

Examining the Instructional Design of a Technology Enhanced Course for New Mentor Teachers
Robotics and Discovery Learning: Pedagogical Beliefs, Teacher Practice, and Technology Integration
Teachers' Attitudes toward Technology Integration in Schools: A Four-Year Study
Web-Supported Communities for Professional Development: Five Cautions
Multimedia Technologies and Familiar Spaces: 21st-Century Teaching for 21st-Century Learners
Preparing to Teach Mathematics With Technology: An Integrated Approach to Developing Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge
Using Technology as a Tool for Learning and Developing 21st Century Citizenship Skills: An Examination of the NETS and Technology Use by Preservice Teachers With Their K-12 Students
Unanticipated Findings: Gains by Cooperating Teachers via Video-Mediated Conferencing
Digital Natives As Preservice Teachers: What Technology Preparation Is Needed?
Teaching Formative Assessment Strategies to Preservice Teachers: Exploring the Use of Handheld Computing to Facilitate the Action Research Process
Tools for Data-Driven Decision Making in Teacher Education: Designing a Portal to Conduct Field Observation Inquiry
Technology-Mediated Instruction in Distance Education and Teacher Preparation in Special Education
Assistive Technology Training at the Pre-Service Level: A National Snapshot of Teacher Preparation Programs

Theories & Approaches

Bridging the Real and Ideal: A Comparison between Learning Community Characteristics and A School-based Case Study
Energizing Learning: The Instructional Power of Conflict

TE - General Trends

The Effects of Laboratory-based and Field-based Practicum Experience on Pre-service Teachers' Self-Efficacy
An Inquiry Into the Development of Teacher Identities in STEM Career Changers
Preparing the Next Generation of Science Teacher Educators: A Model for Developing PCK for Teaching Science Teachers
The Pedagogy of The Impressed: How Teachers Become Victims of Technological Vision
School-Based Teacher Collaboration in Sweden and Greece: Formal Cooperation, Deprivatized Practices and Personalized Interaction in Primary and Lower Secondary Schools
Legitimacy and Identity in Teacher Education: A Micro-Political Struggle Constrained by Macro-Political Pressures
Working Within and Against Neoliberal Accreditation Agendas: Opportunities for Professional Experience
The Complexities of Supporting Asian International Pre-Service Teachers as They Undertake Practicum
The Motivations of Career Change Students in Teacher Education
Rehearsing to Teach: Content-Specific Deconstruction of Instructional Explanations in Pre-Service Teacher Training
Towards A New Professionalism: Enhancing Personal and Professional Development in Teacher Education

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