Section archive - Programs & Practicum
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The Impact of Training on Teaching Assistants’ Professional Development: Opportunities and Future Strategy
This article draws from a study into the impact of training for teaching assistants (TAs), additional adults deployed to support children and teachers, in one urban local educational authority in England. The objectives of the study, commissioned by the local educational authority, were to identify training and professional development for TAs and to determine the impact of training on children’s achievement and TAs’ professionalism so as to inform future strategy for the content and delivery of continuing professional development for TAs.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2016
By adopting a scenario-based approach, teacher educators and others designing online environments can help prepare students for the types of challenges they will face in communities and classrooms after graduation.. Solving complex problems inherent in a scenario-based approach affords students the opportunity to tackle ill-formed problems, integrate multiple perspectives, and use higher order thinking. These outcomes were among the goals of a redesign of online courses in an early childhood education degree program.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2016
The purpose of this study was to discover how colleges with graduate programs in teacher leadership were defining the concept, especially in light of federal emphasis on teacher effectiveness. The investigation identified 21 other graduate programs in teacher leadership. Using criteria developed from the literature on teacher leadership and teacher effectiveness, the authors were able to sort the 21 programs into five distinct categories. This study unpacked the confusion around the conceptualization of teacher leadership and explored how this was reflected in American teacher leadership programs.
Updated: Jul. 20, 2016
In this article, the author argues that we live in a postmodern world in which the pace of the change accelerates daily. The Western world experiences a“crisis of education', in which schools become more irrelevant than ever to real life and teachers lose their authority and influence on the children's lives. This crisis should be addressed by a responsible professional educator, who questions the moral basis of the society and suggests that solidarity and communality are no less significant than individuality, privatization and competition. The author had initiated a teacher education program whose aim is to promote this vision in prospective teachers. ACE [Active-Collaborative-Education] is a teacher education program for post-graduate students conducted in Kaye Academic College of Education in Beer-Sheva.
Updated: Jun. 20, 2016
In this article, the authors argue that teachers have an opportunity to take on leadership roles in technology-rich schools and districts. The findings reveal that teacher leaders emerged as a noticeable and important aspect of what teh authors saw and heard. Therefore, the authors highlight ways teachers and leaders can work together to bring about school improvement and student achievement using technology as a key leverage point; in particular they suggest that teacher candidates should be prepared during their preparation programs to take on the role of teacher leader.
Updated: Jun. 06, 2016
In this explorative study, preparation of pre-service teachers for family–school partnerships (FSP) was examined within three teacher education institutions. Findings indicate that preparation for FSP is integrated in other courses. Attention is mainly focused on communication, there is no attention to models of FSP or to address underlying power relationships or barriers and there is no assessment on this topic. In primary programmes, more attention is paid to FSP then in secondary progammes. In addition, secondary respondents articulated fewer positive opinions than primary respondents.
Updated: May. 23, 2016
Critical Perspectives on Testing Teaching: Reframing Teacher Education for English Medium Instruction
This investigation provides a basis for considering the role of corrective and transformative critiques in producing knowledge through testing teaching for reframing teacher education in response to, and as an expression of, the globalisation of English. This knowledge-producing approach to critique begins with a literature review of prior testing models of content and language integrated learning through English medium instruction (EMI) programmes. Through adopting the practice of critique as a knowledge-producing venture, this study offers a model of EMI testing that can contribute to improvements in the organisation of professional learning and change, as well as certification procedures.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2016
In this article, the authors identified four schools of education in the United States that self-identified as having a fully implemented curriculum for teachers on mobile technology use in PK–12 classrooms. The findings revealed that an institutional commitment to innovation, a belief in the importance of being on the cutting edge, and expectations from local school districts were important motivators for change. Leadership and vision, institutional and administrative support, and the expectation that all faculty members participate in the implementation of the curriculum were important internal characteristics for success. Finally, increasing faculty knowledge about mobile technologies, funding, and finding the correct developmental and instructional approaches were identified as challenges by these institutions.
Updated: Feb. 29, 2016
The current study examines changes in attitudes, teaching efficacy, and concerns about inclusive education in a sample of 2361 teachers in Hong Kong who took a professional learning course about inclusive education. The results indicate that in all three areas of acceptance, teaching efficacy, and concerns about inclusive education, positive improvements were made as a result of training, although generally this improvement was strongest in areas that teachers felt were under their direct control.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2015
This study aims to establish a snapshot of the extent to which teacher educators are preparing teacher candidates to use mobile learning technologies in PK–12 class-rooms, with the goal of drawing more teacher credentialing institutions into the conversations surrounding this initiative.
Updated: Nov. 26, 2015