Section archive - Teacher Educators
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This study focuses on the specific expertise that science teacher educators (TEs) bring into teacher education. The authors were interested to gain insight into teacher educators' aims for teaching about science teaching, and how their expertise has developed on the basis of their professional background and experiences. The findings reveal similarities among the concerns of these TEs and yet considerable diversity among their approaches.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2015
The Interaction Between Group Processes and Personal Professional Trajectories in a Professional Development Community for Teacher Educators
The present study investigates the interaction between transformative processes in which a group of teacher educators became a professional development community (PDC) and the individual progress of these instructors through the professional development course on the topic of thinking education. Findings show that both breaking of isolation in the group and talk about student learning were essential in promoting individual progression toward change that entailed developing awareness of the possibility of infusing thinking into college-level teaching and the development of dispositions to do so in their courses.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2015
Schoolhouse Teacher Educators: Structuring Beginning Teachers’ Opportunities to Learn About Instruction
In this article, the authors focus on inservice as distinct from preservice teacher education and explore how beginning teachers’ opportunities to learn about mathematics and literacy instruction are supported within elementary schools. Based on this exploratory analysis, the authors contend that formal organizational structures, specifically grade level teams and formal leadership positions, were important for shaping beginning teachers’ opportunities to learn about instruction.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2015
An Examination of Black Science Teacher Educators’ Experiences with Multicultural Education, Equity, and Social Justice
This article examines the experiences of Black science teacher educators when they attempted to include multicultural education, equity, and social justice in their teaching. The findings reveal that the participants shared challenges that occur in the academy when they dealt with their Blackness as a faculty member and attempted to infuse multicultural science education, equity, and social justice in their classes. Many of these faculty members decided to incorporate multicultural education, equity, and social justice in their courses. Furthermore, some of them have attempted and stopped due to student evaluations and the need to gain promotion and tenure. The authors suggest that these shared experiences can assist other science educators by understanding Black faculty members’ struggles with the infusion of multicultural science education, equity, and social justice in their teaching.
Updated: Dec. 14, 2015
People use mobile technologies to navigate personal, social, and career responsibilities. Educators recognize the instructional potential of mobiles and are seeking ways to effectively utilize these technologies in support of learning. This article contributes to the literature by summarizing emerging evidence and offering case-based suggestions for effectively integrating mobiles in classrooms.
Updated: Nov. 26, 2015
The purpose of this study is to analyze how particular mathematics teacher educators (MTEs) use knowledge in their practice. Furthermore, this study also examines how they use this analysis as a tool for understanding the knowledge demands of work with preservice elementary teachers and how this knowledge is different from that required to teach K-12 students. The authors describe different forms of knowledge observed across different mathematics teacher educators’ practice and discuss how the observed knowledge forms are different from knowledge used by K-12 teachers in their practice. They argue that there needs to be more of a focus on understanding the knowledge drawn on by teacher educators as they teach content to preservice teachers.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2015
This article explores one workshop, ‘Research Communication in the Multicultural Academy’ (RCMA), as a case study demonstrating how collaborative critique can be implemented. 'Collaborative critique’ is an approach designed to be collaborative in that participants work together to create meaning through discussion and debate stimulated by narrative, case studies and role plays. The authors frame the discussion with four categories: context, construction, collaboration and conversation. The authors acknowledge that collaborative critique can leave some programme participants with a certain amount of confusion. They conclude that confusion, complexity, critique and corroboration, while unsettling and challenging, can be harnessed to work in conjunction with the context, construction, collaboration and conversation that are central to academic development programmes.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2015
This article provides a review of literature on teacher educator identity. The findings suggested that new teacher educators generally develop negative self-views about their abilities and professional identities. Self-support and community support activities were found to facilitate teacher educators’ transition and enhance their identity development.
Updated: Oct. 13, 2015
Educational Developers As Researchers: The Contribution of Insider Research to Enhancing Understanding of Role, Identity and Practice
The aim of this article was to explore the experiences of insider researchers and to draw comparisons between that role and the role of the educational developer, noting in particular the ambiguity of an ‘in-between’ existence that is common to both roles. The article illustrates how five aspects of insider research: proximity, multiple roles, internal politics, ethics and voice, may enable these tensions to be viewed from a different perspective. The author concludes that both insider researcher and educational developer are required to adopt a balancing act to function effectively and constantly need to reflect on their position to maintain the validity of their activities.
Updated: Oct. 11, 2015
This article describes the ways opportunities and constraints in online mathematics teacher education (OMTE) and the authors' view of learning encouraged a deeper consideration of the role of environment in their teaching practice. Central to this discussion are the authors' values and the understandings mathematics teacher educators (MTEs) bring to OMTE and the conflicts between understandings of the online environment and views of learning that undergirded the instructional activities created. This article focuses on the MTEs’ development as teachers in online environments.
Updated: Aug. 11, 2015