Section archive - Programs & Practicum
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The authors’ goal was to understand the contrasting discourses used by teacher educators in talking about curriculum development, on the grounds that such discourses frame interpretations that direct the implementation of teacher education as a whole. Five contrasting interpretative repertoires were found. The authors illustrate these and discuss what they imply for the development of teacher education.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010
This research explored the impact upon pre-service teachers' orientations towards the arts of a performing arts week within a one-year postgraduate teacher education programme. Findings indicated that the performing arts week had helped to strengthen participants' self-image as artistic individuals who recognise the value of the arts in children's education.
Updated: Aug. 15, 2010
A Training Programme on Managing Science Class Interactions: Its Impact on Teachers' Practises and on Their Pupils' Achievement
This research evaluates the impact of a training programme on trainee physics and chemistry teachers, focusing on the way pupils' explanations are dealt with during teacher-pupil interaction. 8 teachers and 172 pupils participated in the research. The analysis of the recordings of the sessions shows that teachers, after training, are more ready to take pupils' productions into account, use a greater number of appropriate arguments, and are more frequently aware of pupils' misconceptions
Updated: Aug. 03, 2010
Schools face a lot of data on the functioning of their school which they can use to make improvements in teaching, learning and the organization. This explorative study in the Netherlands shows that teachers mainly use classroom level data for making instructional decisions at classroom level, and school leaders mainly use school level data for policy development decisions. The article concludes with suggestions with regard to enhancing the effectiveness of data-driven decision making.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2010
A content analysis of the textbooks used in the Dutch early childhood teacher education shows clear inconsistencies with the intended curriculum. Neither the content standards found in the professional profile for teachers nor the content standards from the educational profile of their training courses are adequately covered in the books.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2010
This study was conducted to reveal teachers' views of the effectiveness of the INSET courses they attended on the new curriculum and to evaluate the courses based on the teachers' views and the effective INSET characteristics reported in the literature.The participants were 20 primary and 18 secondary school teachers. According to the findings, the INSET courses were found to be ineffective, mainly in terms of the quality of the instructors, teaching methods employed, duration of the courses and support after training. The authors conclude with suggestions to conduct effective INSET courses.
Updated: Jul. 25, 2010
Toward a Sexual Ethics Curriculum: Bringing Philosophy and Society to Bear on Individual Development
In this article, the author reviews the recent history of sexuality education battles. The author criticizes both Abstinence Only Until Marriage (AOUM) and Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curricula. Furthermore, the author discusses how, in CSE's accommodation to AOUM objections, ethical dimensions of sex education may have been neglected in favor of evidence-based practice.
Updated: Jul. 13, 2010
Programmatic Role of Education Libraries in Informatics to Support Preservice Teacher Preparation Programs
As education librarians seek to collaborate with preservice teacher preparation programs, they need to apply informatics principles to optimize the library’s ultimate impact on student achievement. Specifically, education librarians need to examine several levels of information processing systems: student, faculty, program, institution, and government entities. Furthermore, education librarians need to identify the conditions or environments of these information systems because the infrastructure, available resources, and knowledge base all impact student learning.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2010
The Changing Education Landscape: How Special Education Leadership Preparation Can Make a Difference for Teachers and Their Students With Disabilities
The roles and obligations of teacher educators have expanded substantially in recent years. However, the nation continues to face a shortage of faculty who can generate new knowledge about effective practices, and prepare a sufficient supply of new and highly skilled teachers. In this article, the authors discuss the current policy landscape, connections between the shortage of teachers and the shortage of special education faculty, and the role of the federal government in addressing these shortages. The authors conclude with a call for national dialogue—necessary so that the continuing cycle of faculty shortages and resulting shortages of those who directly serve students with disabilities may finally be resolved.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2010
This paper documents the experiences of pre-service educators participating in a service-learning experience at a Children's Defense Fund Freedom School in the south-eastern United States. Pre-service teachers praised the benefits of a service experience in an urban context and explained how interactions within the programme gave them the insight into the teaching profession. The author argues that this project successfully bridged the gap between teacher education theory and practice.
Updated: May. 25, 2010