Section archive - Teacher Educators
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This study examined what pedagogical advisors perceive as factors affecting their professional self-efficacy. The major finding is that pedagogical advisors perceive their professional autonomy as a necessary condition for the effective fulfillment of their role. Autonomy allows them to develop their potential in the intrapersonal, interpersonal and organizational domains of their work. Their sense of autonomy is based on a connection between freedom and commitment to the teaching profession.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2016
Digital Oral Feedback on Written Assignments as Professional Learning for Teacher Educators: A Collaborative Self-study
The current paper reports on a self-study of teacher educators involved in a preservice teacher unit on literacy. In this study, the teacher educators provided the preservice teachers with digital oral feedback about their final unit of work. The authors found that working as a team enabled them to provide more in-depth feedback on the assessment criteria for each assignment than was previously the case with written feedback. Through this dialogical feedback, the teacher educators were able to construct the preservice teachers’ assignments as an important textual gift for their collaborative professional learning.
Updated: Jul. 18, 2016
The ‘Self-Regulated Learning Opportunities Questionnaire': A Diagnostic Instrument for Teacher Educators' Professional Development
In this article, this self-regulated learning (SRL) model, which was described in a previous theoretical study elaborated towards the ‘Self-Regulated Learning Opportunities Questionnaire' (SRLOQ) that can be applied by primary teacher educators as a diagnostic instrument for classroom settings.
Updated: Jul. 03, 2016
The present study raises awareness on issues pertaining to teacher educators’ professional development in the Greek-Cypriot context. Findings indicate that teacher educators are involved not only in formal but also informal learning, both through and without interaction. Learning through interaction involves participation in seminars as well as informal conversations with colleagues, but not structured forms of peer learning. Learning without interaction resembles self-study and reflection, but not intentional experimentation with practices. These findings reflect the individualized character of educators’ professional development, while systemic opportunities for peer learning remain scarce.
Updated: Jul. 03, 2016
The study explores the educational potential embedded in the question-asking strategy as a key mentoring resource when used between an experienced teacher educator and a novice teacher for the professional development of both. The findings reveal that the process of a reflective dialog through asking questions led to deeper analysis by the mentor and novice and effected a change in the paradigm of the novice–mentor relationship. This self-study serves as an example of a teacher educator’s readiness to examine more closely her own mentoring style and its effects on the novice, and to better understand the contribution of a reflective dialog to the professional growth of both novice and mentor teacher.
Updated: Jun. 26, 2016
A Community College Instructor’s Reflective Journey Toward Developing Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Nature of Science in a Non-majors Undergraduate Biology Course
This article reports on the challenges and successes encountered by an in-service teacher, Sarah, implementing nature of science (NOS) for the first time throughout four units of a community college biology course. The in-service teacher, who participated in this study, found that through action research she was able to grow and assimilate her understanding of NOS within the biology content she was teaching. A shift in orientation toward teaching products of science to teaching science processes was a necessary shift for NOS pedagogical success. This process enabled Sarah’s development of PCK for NOS. As a practical example of putting research-based instructional recommendations into practice, this study may be very useful for other teachers who are learning to teach NOS.
Updated: Jun. 06, 2016
The author reflects on the experience of being a participant in the Work of Teacher Education (WoTE) research, and draws on conceptualisations of teacher education as domestic labour. She argues that teacher educators’ closeness to classroom practice acts as a determining factor in their symbolic annihilation, a concept usually applied to study of the media that argues that the absence of representation, or underrepresentation, of some groups of people is a means of maintaining social inequality.
Updated: Jun. 06, 2016
Constructing the Academic Category of Teacher Educator in Universities’ Recruitment Processes in Aotearoa, New Zealand
This study examined the recruitment and appointment of university-based teacher educators in Aotearoa New Zealand. The findings revealed three institutionally reified and identifiable constructions of the teacher educator type of academic worker: the professional expert, the dually qualified teacher educator and the ‘traditional academic’ type of teacher educator. This study argues that the present recruitment and appointment processes are taking a bifurcated approach in the employment of education faculty, recruiting mostly professional experts or traditional academics to positions within university-based ITE. By taking such an approach, these institutional constructions are supporting several persistent and arguably troubling binaries shaping understandings of ITE in the university setting including theory/practice, research/teaching and academic/professional.
Updated: Jun. 01, 2016
Four Spheres of Knowledge Required: An International Study of the Professional Development of Literacy/English Teacher Educators
The purpose of this study was to study in depth a group of literacy/English teacher educators, with attention to their backgrounds, knowledge, research activities, identity, view of current government initiatives, pedagogy and course goals. This study indicates that professional development is important for both new and experienced faculty. Overall, the faculty continued to grow in the four spheres of knowledge: research; pedagogy in higher education; literacy and literacy teaching; and government and school district initiatives. This study reveals the sheer scale of knowledge required to be an effective LTE. All three forms of professional development came into play for all of the participants: each process had value and a place in supporting their development as teacher educators and researchers.
Updated: May. 23, 2016
This article reports the main findings of the Work of Teacher Education project that studied the labour of 13 higher education-based teacher educators in England and Scotland over the course of a year. The article concludes by arguing that a new conceptualisation of the work of teacher educators as academic work is essential for the discipline and higher education institutions as a whole.
Updated: May. 04, 2016