Sep. 11, 2008
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MOFET ITEC Portal Newsletter

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We are delighted to send you the latest issue of The MOFET ITEC Portal resource list.

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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September 11, 2008 International Portal of Teacher Education
September 2008
Featured Items
Breaking Down Barriers for 1st-Year Teachers: What Teacher Preparation Programs Can Do
The article examines the struggles teachers encounter in implementing developmentally appropriate practices in their 1st year and ways to identify what helped them overcome those obstacles. The article concludes with recommendations for first year teachers.
Teachers working in culturally diverse classrooms: implications for the development of professional standards and for teacher education
A survey investigating the level of cultural understanding is examined in this article. The survey was administered to teachers in primary and secondary schools in an Australian regional city. It found that teacher responses to working in culturally diverse classrooms varied according to levels of familiarity with the cultural groups concerned and with the level of schooling within which the teacher worked.
Learning and Teaching Positive Guidance Skills: Lessons from Early Childhood Practicum Students
This article explored empirical studies of early childhood educators' experience with 63 junior and senior level university students who were involved in concurrent instructional lecture and practicum experiences. Participants defined “positive guidance” diversely with definitions ranging from accurate to inaccurate, considered several positive guidance skills difficult to master, including conflict resolution, positive language usage, setting and following through with limits, and offering choices.
Beyond a command performance: reflections on Classmates as a new teacher preparation initiative
The article describes a new preservice teacher education called classmates, a collaboration between several Australian universities. Classmates aims to prepare pre-service teachers to work in challenging, hard-to-staff schools. These contexts typically have socially disadvantaged populations and annually experience teacher shortages and high teacher turnover, particularly amongst beginning and early career teachers.
Professional standards for teacher educators: how to deal with complexity, ownership and function. Experiences from the Netherlands
The Dutch have been studying competencies of teachers at secondary and higher education. The article describes the Dutch standards. Findings are that Dutch educators sharing the content in a professional dialogue with peer assessors or by asking teacher educators to write about authentic situations in which different competencies are integrated and related to one another. The development of the Dutch standard by the teacher educators themselves contributed to powerful feelings of ownership.
Academic induction for teacher educators
This article is a reflection of challenges facing transition into teaching in Australian schools. A small group of teacher educators were interviewed at Australian regional university. The paper argues for multidisciplinary cohorts for induction, and makes recommendations for systematic, inclusive induction programs for all new academics, including teacher educators
September 2008
All Recent Items
Multiculturalism & Diversity

Connecting Writing and Speaking with Linguistically Diverse Teacher Education Students
Do Preschool Teachers Perceive Young Children from Immigrant Families Differently?
How African American Parents Understand Their and Teachers' Roles in Children's Schooling and What this Means for Preparing Preservice Teachers

Professional Development

Teachers working in culturally diverse classrooms: implications for the development of professional standards and for teacher education

TE & Instruction

Documentation Panel: The “Making Learning Visible” Project
Highly Qualified Kindergarten Teachers: Have They Been Left Behind?
Learning and Teaching Positive Guidance Skills: Lessons from Early Childhood Practicum Students
Poems as Stories—Memories Illuminating the Lives of Experienced Early Childhood Teachers
The Effects of a Teaching Methods Course on Early Childhood Preservice Teachers' Beliefs
Enhancing teacher education practice through professional learning conversations
In the shadows: non-tenure-line instructors in pre-service teacher education
Social and socio-mathematical norms in collaborative problem-solving
Social studies teachers' views of learner-centered instruction

Teacher Educators

Academic induction for teacher educators
Professional standards for teacher educators: how to deal with complexity, ownership and function. Experiences from the Netherlands
Teacher educators' induction into Higher Education: work-based learning in the micro communities of teacher education

TE Programs

Beyond a command performance: reflections on Classmates as a new teacher preparation initiative
Changes to a Chinese pre-service language teacher education program: analysis, results and implications
Scaffolding literacies across the Bachelor of Education program: an argument for a course-wide approach
Towards collaborative professional learning in the first year early childhood teacher education practicum: issues in negotiating the multiple interests of stakeholder feedback

Preservice Students

Strengthening the Preparation of Early Childhood Teacher Candidates Through Performance-Based Assessments

Beginning Teachers

Initial and changing student teacher motivation and commitment to teaching
Agency and Child-Centered Practices in Novice Teachers: Autonomy, Efficacy, Intentionality, and Reflectivity
Breaking Down Barriers for 1st-Year Teachers: What Teacher Preparation Programs Can Do
Preparing Preservice Teachers for Success in NCLB's Kindergartens: Learning from Experienced Teachers' Strategies for Managing Professional Relationships with Colleagues and Parents
The development of the professional identity of two teacher educators in the context of Dutch teacher education

Technology & Computers

“A prophet never accepted by their own town”: a teacher's learning trajectory when using technology
Beliefs about teaching and uses of technology among pre-service teachers
Exploring teacher acceptance of e-learning technology
Technographic research in online education: context, culture and ICT consumption

Theories & Approaches

Learning by Design: creating pedagogical frameworks for knowledge building in the twenty-first century

TE - General Trends

Landscaping on shifting ground: teacher education in a digitally transforming world
Moving towards transdisciplinarity: an ecological sustainable focus for science and mathematics pre-service education in the primary/middle years
Learning through boundary-crossing: further education lecturers learning in both the university and workplace
The appreciation and realisation of research-based teacher education: Finnish students' experiences of teacher education

September 2008
 
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