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The present study explored what motivates male trainee primary school teachers for the profession. It also investigated the barriers they face and how they have overcome these barriers. The authors found three themes, which were related to potential barriers participants faced: physical contact with children; negative outsider perceptions; and working within a female orientated environment. The authors argue that three themes also emerged as motivators for the participants that enabled them to overcome the barriers they faced: perceiving the teaching profession as a positive career choice; experiencing a supportive working environment; and being perceived as positive role models.
Published: 2017
Updated: Apr. 08, 2018
This study aimed to explore the impact on program improvement of systematically gathering P-12 student learning data over a 5-year period. The findings reveal that candidates can demonstrate a positive impact on student learning that is generally equivalent for P-12 students of all ethnicities and learning needs. The authors did not identify statistically significant learning gain differences among P-12 students. The data also indicated that participants could differentiate instruction and meet the needs of all learners.
Published: 2015
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018
The purpose of this article is to analyse how teachers' specific professional development is built in four cases in South American countries. Furthermore, the study examines the main features of this training. The authors used communicative methodology of research. The authors note that the importance of this exploratory study lies in identifying key components that may enable the transfer of the project to other schools and contexts. This professional development provides teachers, families and their communities with research-based knowledge and tools to improve students’ learning, social and emotional development.
Published: 2017
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018
This article describes the National Exceptional Teaching for Disadvantaged Schools (NETDS). The purpose of the NETDS is to channel high performing teacher education students to disadvantaged schools. This paper is based on the authors' collective, critical self-reflection on designing and implementing NETDS at University of New England over the last three years. The authors use the taxonomy of three different ideological approaches—conservative, liberal and critical—to school reform as a heuristic device for their self-reflection.
Published: 2017
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018