Section archive - Teacher Educators
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Towards Contextual Experimentation: Creating a Faculty Learning Community to Cultivate Writing-to-Learn Practices
In order to explore ways to integrate new pedagogical practices, five faculty members created an informal faculty learning community focused on writing-to-learn practices, an inquiry and process-based writing pedagogy. The findings reveal that participation in a faculty learning community provided an engaging and effective way to learn and make use of new pedagogical practices. Participants gained practical adaptive strategies from each other, felt supported in their experimentation with the new practices, and analyzed more deeply the ways in which the new practices could be integrated into their teaching.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2016
Pushing too Little, Praising too Much? Intercultural Misunderstandings between a Chinese Doctoral Student and a Dutch Supervisor
The purpose of this study is to shed light on the causes of communication difficulties and misunderstandings between Western supervisors and Asian students in relation to their cultural and educational differences. The authors analyzed three implicit misunderstandings in this study occurred due to mismatched and unspoken expectations about the learning goals and learning behaviors between the supervisor and the student, largely reflecting their educational and cultural background differences. The learning patterns they previously had developed became a natural source for them to understand the teaching and learning of international education in the beginning.
Updated: Dec. 04, 2016
Exploring the Impact of Prior Experiences in Non-Formal Education on My Pedagogy of Teacher Education
The purpose of this article is to use self-study methodology to uncover what effects these experiences had on the development of the author's pedagogy of teacher education and so he needed to find a way to extract ideas that were relevant to his practice as a teacher educator. The author draws two conclusions from this self-study (1) There is considerable value in re-experiencing oneself as a learner by examining one’s own life history in order to challenge how we know what we know about teaching. (2) If we accept the idea that prior experiences as a student and as a teacher influence our work as teacher educators and professors of education, then our prior experiences as a learner in non-formal settings offer a rich context for additional analysis through self-study.
Updated: Nov. 30, 2016
This self-study describes the author's transition from teacher to teacher educator. During this transition, the author explored how her beliefs about mathematics teacher education influenced the work of planning and teaching a course for the first time. The transition from teacher to teacher educator is explored through the experience of a course focused on inquiry. Inquiry is embedded within the course from two perspectives: mathematical inquiry and teaching as inquiry. The author concludes that long-term goals related to reflection, career-long learning, and professional growth were what the author felt were missing in the courses she had taken as a teacher candidate, observed as a graduate student, and worked in as a teaching assistant. The tension between the short-term goals of teacher candidates and the long-term goals of the faculty was striking.
Updated: Nov. 15, 2016
This collaborative self-study introduces a learning experience regarding the meaning of our roles as teacher educators in an open-space learning environment. The study documents a learning process in which the authors framed and reframed their understanding of the meaning of their roles as they changed perspectives and reconsidered practices.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2016
This article uses critical autoethnographic self-study methodology to examine teacher educators' dispositions toward their students. Findings illustrate the powerful positions and judgmental stances teacher educators held as they navigated their teaching as well as a need for teacher educators to devote time to deliberate critical self-study of their own dispositions.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2016
Releasing the Hidden Academic? Learning from Teacher-Educators’ Responses to a Writing Support Programme
This article describes the initiation of a writing support programme for teacher educators in a new university and analyses its impact. A key finding has been that supporting staff to write is not simply a case of ‘hurrying them along’ but requires understanding of the particular barriers to writing for this group.
Updated: Sep. 28, 2016
This article focuses on the Conservative–Liberal coalition government’s policy in teacher education in England and its implications for the work of teacher educators. It argues that policies influenced by the neoliberal and neoconservative policies of past governments from the late 1970s have been continued and even accelerated by the current coalition government, with the result of a much more significant and rapid shift to more school-based and school-led initial teacher education and continuing professional development.
Updated: Sep. 28, 2016
This article examines the perceptions of experienced teachers who take on the role of leading the development of subject knowledge of new and experienced teachers through a case-study approach. The findings reveal that each teacher was able to identify the impact of leading professional development has on their professional skills. Furthermore, this new role has changed the way that they view themselves as teachers, and their practice as teachers. In conclusion, this research advocates the provision of opportunities for new teacher educators to be involved with other teacher educators, including those more experienced, to explore together their professional knowledge, practice and identity.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2016
Exploring The Professional Development Needs of New Teacher Educators Situated Solely in School: Pedagogical Knowledge and Professional Identity
This article investigates the experiences of secondary teachers within their workplace as they take on the role of leading subject knowledge development days for small groups of student-teachers through a case-study approach. The findings reveal a number of professional development needs of new teacher educators situated solely in school, some similar with those situated in higher educational institutions, including fostering an understanding that modelling needs to be made explicit to student-teachers. This has important implications with the introduction of Teaching Schools with responsibilities for educating student-teachers in England.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2016