Section archive - Programs & Practicum
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This research aimed to examine the profiles of the candidates who had applied to the alternative retraining programs at the selected college. The study then would compare them with those candidates who had been accepted onto the traditional programs. The authors found that the alternative programs attracted students with an academic and personal profile different from the one that characterizes students in the traditional teacher retraining programs. In all three alternative programs, the number of students with advanced postgraduate degrees was significantly higher than the number of students with advanced degrees in the traditional programs.
Updated: Sep. 26, 2017
Two facts should be considered by those concerned with the teaching workforce in Israel. The first is that the profession does not attract 'the best and the brightest' needed for education in the 21st century and that for many applicants it is a default option. The second is that rapid changes in the employment market force many workers to abandon one type of work for another. The challenge is to recruit them and then properly train them in both pre-service education and continuous professional development, while creating conditions to insure their retention in the system. In this context the accelerated programs have been found to make a positive contribution. In Israel alternative teacher training programs for retired army personnel are well-known as is the recommendation of the Dovrat committee (2005) to allow graduates with B.A. degrees to enter teaching before obtaining a teaching license.
Updated: Sep. 13, 2017
Examining Professional Learning and the Preparation of Professionally Competent Teachers in Initial Teacher Education
The current paper reports a mixed-methods study showing the relationship between student teachers’ engagement with the practical and conceptual aspects of a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Programme in Hong Kong and different facets of their perceived professional competence. The results show that experiences associated with learning the pragmatic facets of professional practice were more valued by student teachers compared to learning the conceptual aspects of ITE.
Updated: Sep. 10, 2017
Culturally Efficacious Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation for Working with English Learners
The authors argue that mathematics and science teachers must be culturally efficacious and engage in responsive practices to work effectively with English learners (ELs). They claim that the design of teacher preparation programs plays an integral role in the efficacy development of the teacher. The findings reveal that program and school-context experiences work in tandem to support mathematics and science teachers’ efficacy in working with ELs. The qualitative evidence indicates that these secondary mathematics and science teachers are supported through Accelerated Teacher Education Program (ATEP) to become culturally efficacious. Specifically, for mathematics and science teachers working with ELs, ATEP program sources of efficacy include the cohort model–community of practice.
Updated: Sep. 05, 2017
The current study explored the influence of a university-based student teaching program in rural East Africa on the beliefs of four preservice teacher participants. In conclusion, this article has presented the perspectives of four participants who student-taught in East Africa for 8 weeks as part of their student teaching requirement at a Western university. Each of the participants had unique and valuable experiences that shaped the ways in which he or she worked to become an educator in a rural East African community. The authors argue that the program shaped the participants' beliefs about teaching and continues to be an experience they reflect on in their lives.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2017
The author describes two special education schools in Tel Aviv, Israel, whose students are on the autistic spectrum, where the head of the induction team (the author) and the principals of the schools resolved to bolster the continuity between the theoretical college studies and the beginning teachers' work with the students on the ASD continuum. Instead of holding a general induction workshop in college that accompanied the trainee in his/her first steps in the schools, the arena was transferred to the school itself, thereby creating a partnership with the school, with the local authority, and with the policy makers. The workshops provided the teachers who teach this population with professional support and empowerment and met their specific needs.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2017
This article investigates the relationship between the structural features of middle grades teacher preparation programs (TPPs) and student achievement gains in math and English/Language Arts (ELA), focusing on teachers recommended for initial licensure, prepared in University of North Carolina (UNC) system institutions. The findings reveal that subject matter has a negative relationship to middle grades mathematics achievement but no relationship to student achievement for ELA. Further, there is a negative relationship of full-time student teaching responsibility for mathematics and no relationship for ELA. Similarly, there is evidence of a negative relationship of early fieldwork hours to mathematics achievement, but no relationship to ELA achievement.
Updated: Jul. 24, 2017
International Field Experience as an Impetus for Personal and Professional Transformation: Through the Lens of Early Childhood Postsecondary Students
This study examined the international field experience of Canadian Early Childhood Education Diploma and Early Childhood Leadership Degree students. The findings indicate that an international field experience enhances learning and growth for the early childhood education and early childhood leadership student, in both personal and professional domains. The pedagogical approach, which includes the roles of faculty who facilitate an international placement, was also found to be a principal theme in the data analysis.
Updated: Jun. 26, 2017
First-Year Practicum Experiences for Preservice Early Childhood Education Teachers Working with Birth-to-3-Year-Olds: An Australasian Experience
The present article reports on a project, “Collaboration of Universities Pedagogies of Infants’ and Toddlers’ Development—‘down under’ (CUPID)'. This project evaluated the practicum experiences of 1st-year preservice initial teacher education (ITE) students at five universities across Australia and New Zealand engaging in early childhood education (ECE) teacher programs. The results from year 1 of their qualification experiences highlight the diverse and complex approaches to practicum experiences, ranging from specialized events with birth-to-3-year-olds to generic practicum with a wider age group. The implications of the practicum experience, in its many iterations, are explored in terms of the treatment of infant and toddler pedagogy as a specialization, and as an integrated component of the curriculum.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2017
Grade-level Overlap and Standards Mismatch between Nationally Recognized Programs that Prepare Teachers for Grades PreK–3
This study has two purposes regarding programs accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). First, the study examines what extent NCATE-recognized elementary teacher preparation programs, which have been approved by the Association for Child Education International (ACEI), prepares candidates to teach in grades PreK–3. Second, it investigates the grades that the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) considers part of early childhood education. This analysis indicates that ACEI’s standards include far fewer references to terms that capture essential features of early instruction (e.g., family, community, and observation). Further, while the NAEYC’s standards refer to “self-regulation” four times and “play” eight times, the elementary standards mention neither term.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2017