Section archive - Teacher Educators
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Teacher Educators’ Identities and Work in England at the Beginning of the Second Decade of the Twenty-First Century
This paper reports on part of the study of teacher educators in England which entitled ‘The Academic Tribe of Teacher Educators’ (A3TE). The purpose of A3TE was to examine teacher educators' constructions of their own identities in the academic communities within two university schools of education. The findings reveal that teacher educators in both universities constructed repertoires of identities for themselves. Although entry into the university often triggered a complex and shifting process of the (re)construction of identity around practice as a teacher educator and academic engagement, many of the teacher educators still saw one of their identities as that of ‘once-a-school teacher’.
Updated: Jan. 23, 2013
In this article, the authors examine the career pathways and work experiences of teacher educators in Australia. The findings reveal that the entry of all the teacher educators into teacher education work was often by accident rather than design. Furthermore, many feel resentful that the teaching and administration work that often requires large amounts of time is not recognised as sufficient for career progression. Finally, the role of a significant mentor was critical for many teacher educators in this study.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012
This article explores how the changes in teacher education in Australia have influenced teacher educators' identity as a professional group. This paper is based on the observations and experiences of the author, who has been teacher educator for the past two decades. The author concludes that the challenge now is for teacher educators to raise their profile in the academy by positively addressing the endemic uncertainty of knowledge of practice through an explication of their pedagogy of teacher education.
Updated: Dec. 26, 2012
Defining the Job of University Supervisor: A Department-Wide Study of University Supervisors’ Practices
This article explores how individual university supervisors, operating within a teacher education department of a college of education at a large public U.S. institution, valued, defined, and enacted their supervision of student teachers. Fourteen university supervisors from the secondary teacher education department at Smyth University participated in this study. The findings reveal that the participants agreed on the importance of the work of the university supervisor in integrating university coursework and practical classroom experiences. The findings demonstrate supervision is not enacted the same way by university supervisors in this department.
Updated: Dec. 26, 2012
Facilitating Teacher Educators' Professional Learning through a Regional Research Capacity-Building Network
This article reports on the Teacher Education Research Network (TERN) initiative, which piloted a model for research capacity building in teacher education in the North West of England. This paper explores the intricate dynamics of the learning journeys undertaken by the participants. Furthermore, this article critically examines the structural, social and cultural factors involved in the navigation of the complex ecologies in which they were embedded as teacher educators and how this impacted on their learning.
Updated: Dec. 25, 2012
This article presents the results of a study on the project ‘Teacher Educators Study Their Own Practices’. Nine teacher educators participated and conducted a self-study into their own practices. The leading question of this article is whether their self-studies contributed to the development of their professional identities.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2012
This article presents a case study from a larger research study which examined teachers’ experiences as supervisors of preservice teachers. This case study focuses on the experiences of two female supervisors, Kathy and Sally. The findings reveal that three contextual factors are significant to the supervisors' stories: the mature age of the preservice teachers; the preferred collegial practice of the supervising teachers; and the professional recognition they had been afforded by the school.
Updated: Nov. 27, 2012
This article describes the experiences of a new teacher educator in a Graduate Teacher Programme in UK university. The author has examined some of her beliefs about teaching, in order to establish her own professional identity.
Updated: Nov. 14, 2012
How Do I Improve What I Am Doing as a Teacher, Teacher Educator and Action-Researcher through Reflection? A Learning Walk from Lleida to Winchester and Back Again
This paper aims to show the process of engaging with the question ‘How do I improve what I am doing as a teacher, teacher educator and action-researcher through reflection?’ The analysis of the students’ written assignments helped the author sees ‘living contradictions’ in-between her theoretical framework, her teaching and her researching practice. The paper shows that the author has more rhizomatic thought in her teaching than in her researching.
Updated: Oct. 29, 2012
Cultural Perspectives on Teaching and Learning: A Collaborative Self-study of Two Professors’ First Year Teaching Experiences
In this article, the authors were interested to examine how their different cultural backgrounds influenced the formation of their perspectives. Furthermore, the authors wanted to explore how their exchange of views of teaching and learning supported their teaching practice. The authors conclude that differences in their teaching perspectives demonstrated the different points of view in the educational systems in the two countries. However, through this collaborative self-study experience, the authors obtained a better understanding of the teaching values of their own and another culture.
Updated: Sep. 24, 2012