Section archive - Teacher Educators
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The aim of this study was to explore the teacher educators' experience in writing a book. Eighteen experienced teacher educators, who completed their respective books, were interviewed individually or participated in a focus group discussion. The findings reveal that although the teacher educators had different motivations for writing and took various paths in their writing, they all view this experience as contributing to them cognitively, emotionally and in practice; teaching nourished their writing but was also influenced by and improved as a result of the writing. The authors suggest providing teacher educators with a supportive infrastructure - budgetary, editorial and managerial - in order to encourage them to write and publish.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2010
In this article the authors examine the challenges faced by teacher educators who struggle with the emotional and intellectual distance between their work in the university setting and the K-12 classroom. The authors propose the grounded practice model that describes an approach whereby teacher educators not only teach university-based classes but also extend their practice to the K-12 setting, with K-12 students. The authors consider the benefits of this approach. Finally, the authors suggest several models that provide teacher educators with the opportunity to work in both contexts.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2010
Sticky Points: Teacher Educators Re-examine their Practice in light of a New Alberta Social Studies Program and its Inclusion of Aboriginal Perspectives
In this study, a group of teacher educators converse about their teaching practice in light of a new provincial K-12 program of social studies. The most noteworthy feature of this new program is its explicit call for teachers to include Aboriginal and Francophone perspectives as they teach to the program's two central themes of “identity” and “citizenship”. The author reads teacher educators' conversations about their practice to identify a set of educational questions that the author argues speak both to and beyond this specific programmatic context.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2010
How Engagement with Research Changes the Professional Practice of Teacher-Educators: A Case Study from the Welsh Education Research Network
This article provides an analytical account of one research group of teacher-educators funded by The Welsh Education Research Network (WERN). The case study describes the research activity of the group and the views of its members on its impact for their professional practice. Finally an analysis of the findings concludes that engagement with research has resulted in positive changes to the knowledge, skills and critical awareness of the teacher-educators which has in turn brought benefits to the learning of their students.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2009
The need for capacity-building in teacher education in the UK has been raised as a serious issue by a number of commentators. This paper provides an analytical account of an initiative conducted by the Teacher Education Group (TEG) to build research capacity in teacher education. With reference to a review of the national contexts for research in the UK and research on teacher educators, the article argues that, in order to build research capacity initiatives we need to provide motivation and new types of networking opportunities for researchers, as well as developing their expertise.
Updated: Oct. 18, 2009
The teacher educator is always also a teacher, and as a role model may have an important impact on student teachers' views on teaching. Becoming a teacher or a teacher educator is a long-term process of developing a professional identity, with role models being just one of the contributing factors. This study of 13 teacher educators addresses the impact of schoolteacher role models as part of the socialization process of becoming a teacher.
Updated: Oct. 01, 2009
Exploring the Radical Middle between Theory and Practice: A Collaborative Self-Study of Beginning Teacher Educators
This paper is a collaborative self-study of the authors' development as beginning teacher educators over the course of an academic year. The purpose of the authors' self-study was their shared interest in the role of theory and of practice in teacher education programs. Both authors kept personal journals of the ideas they explored during their discussion meetings. Their analysis suggests that theory and practice are densely interwoven aspects of teaching which can be tacitly separated by coursework in teacher education.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2009
This study describes how one teacher educator used metaphor as a self-study tool over an eight-year period. The author gathered information about her practice in teaching journal and in notes from discussions in her self-study group, work with individual colleagues, and ad hoc discussions with peers and students. Institutional Teaching Evaluations (ITE) provided additional student perspectives. The work demonstrates how long-term use of metaphors can be a way to step back from practice, take a new look at the meaning of the particulars of practice, and reframe events of practice.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2009
Developing a Vision of Teacher Education: How My Classroom Teacher Understandings Evolved in the University Environment
The objective of this research was to examine the development of the author's vision of teacher education as he moved from teacher to teacher educator. A qualitative self-study methodology was used to identify and describe sources of tension and growth that contributed to the evolution of his classroom teacher understandings as he forged a distinct vision for teacher education. Data were collected in the form of field texts over the three-year period when the author worked as a graduate teaching assistant in a teacher education program. The author identified four primary sources that contributed to the development of his vision of teacher education.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2009
This article investigates an aspect of the knowledge of teaching required by teacher educators. It also explores how that knowledge might be developed if teaching (about teaching) is to be conceptualized as a distinct and important field in its own right - with its own forms of knowledge, ways of working and perspectives on the world. The article focuses on self-understanding as a component of teacher educators' knowledge of practice.
Updated: Jul. 21, 2009