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Preparing prospective teachers for teaching: the practice of teacher educators’ academic advice provision to prospective teachers at a College of Teacher Education in Ethiopia
This paper reports the findings of a small-scale study that assessed the extent to which teacher educators’ academic advice provision to prospective teachers has been practiced. A questionnaire survey for 311 prospective teachers and an interview with 10 teacher educators and an Ex-Vice Dean at a College of Teacher Education in Ethiopia was administered. Also, the Grade Point Average of prospective teachers was taken from the registrar office of the college under study. Of the prospective teacher respondents, 54% reported not receiving academic advice from their teacher educators. In addition, the results of the interviews confirmed that teacher educators did not provide sufficient academic advice to prospective teachers for different reasons, such as the teacher educators’ lack of experience of providing academic advice, their inability to prepare a scheduled academic advice programme, and their workload. The study offers suggestions to help teacher educators and college administrators to improve the delivery of prospective teacher academic advice to enhance prospective teachers’ academic performance and thereby prepare them for teaching.
Updated: Aug. 11, 2022
Tangling With Race and Racism in Teacher Education: Designs for Counterstory-Based Parent Teacher Conferences
The authors’ research is guided by the aim to use counterstories pedagogically in teacher education. They report on counterstory-based parent teacher conference simulations, where composite case narratives support teacher candidates in taking up asset-based perspectives. Their work rests upon the assertion that asset-based framing must not remain purely conceptual; rather, asset-based frames must infuse teaching practice. They examine how counterstories can be constructed to ensure that they are robust, respectful, and pedagogically useful for teacher education.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2022
'It's fun, unthreatening and engaging': Professional learning in initial teacher education, BEd primary
Professional organisations in Australia are well placed to offer initial teacher education (ITE) students, in-service teachers, and tertiary educators the opportunity to engage in professional learning. This paper explores the importance of building collaborative relations with professional organisations to enhance ITE students' music knowledge, skills and understandings. The study took place at Deakin University's Metropolitan campus in Melbourne. It investigates why people come together to share music making practice, and explores participants experiences and engagement when undertaking professional learning. The author draws on questionnaire data from participants and workshop presenters in 2018 and 2019 to inform the findings. Data were analysed using thematic analysis that is reported thematically under two headings, professional sharing and creative music making. The findings show that participation in the workshops offered participants the opportunity to create music soundscapes, build confidence, develop ideas for music teaching, and learn about the importance of professional learning. The author argues for the need to work collaboratively with professional organisations when preparing ITE students for the profession. Further research is required in this area that supports professional learning in ITE programs.
Updated: Jun. 09, 2022
Developing Visual Literacy Skills in Teacher Education: Different Ways of Looking at the Visual Images
This article attempts to use different ways of looking that help classroom and visual art teachers analyze the meanings attributed to visual images, thereby enhancing their visual literacy skills. In the study, holistic multiple-case sampling was employed in the context of case study method as each group of teachers was individually considered as an analysis unit and their analysis of visual images through different ways of looking was evaluated in a holistic way. The participants of the study comprised of a total of 508 teachers who attended teacher training workshop of the Project titled ‘The Implementation of Visual Culture Theory on Primary and Secondary Visual Arts Courses.’ The data were collected with worksheets, artistic drawings and participant diaries and analyzed inductively. The data were presented in three themes: analyzing visual elements, approaching the visual contextually, and determining the contributions of visual experience. The results denoted that classroom and visual arts teachers interacted with images through a series of questions related to different ways of looking at visual images, questioned visual representations, artistic components and sub-meanings and created various meanings in terms of social, economic, psychological and cultural contexts, thereby increasing their visual literacy skills.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2022