Section archive - Instruction in Teacher Training
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Preparing prospective teachers for teaching: the practice of teacher educators’ academic advice provision to prospective teachers at a College of Teacher Education in Ethiopia
This paper reports the findings of a small-scale study that assessed the extent to which teacher educators’ academic advice provision to prospective teachers has been practiced. A questionnaire survey for 311 prospective teachers and an interview with 10 teacher educators and an Ex-Vice Dean at a College of Teacher Education in Ethiopia was administered. Also, the Grade Point Average of prospective teachers was taken from the registrar office of the college under study. Of the prospective teacher respondents, 54% reported not receiving academic advice from their teacher educators. In addition, the results of the interviews confirmed that teacher educators did not provide sufficient academic advice to prospective teachers for different reasons, such as the teacher educators’ lack of experience of providing academic advice, their inability to prepare a scheduled academic advice programme, and their workload. The study offers suggestions to help teacher educators and college administrators to improve the delivery of prospective teacher academic advice to enhance prospective teachers’ academic performance and thereby prepare them for teaching.
Updated: Aug. 11, 2022
Tangling With Race and Racism in Teacher Education: Designs for Counterstory-Based Parent Teacher Conferences
The authors’ research is guided by the aim to use counterstories pedagogically in teacher education. They report on counterstory-based parent teacher conference simulations, where composite case narratives support teacher candidates in taking up asset-based perspectives. Their work rests upon the assertion that asset-based framing must not remain purely conceptual; rather, asset-based frames must infuse teaching practice. They examine how counterstories can be constructed to ensure that they are robust, respectful, and pedagogically useful for teacher education.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2022
'It's fun, unthreatening and engaging': Professional learning in initial teacher education, BEd primary
Professional organisations in Australia are well placed to offer initial teacher education (ITE) students, in-service teachers, and tertiary educators the opportunity to engage in professional learning. This paper explores the importance of building collaborative relations with professional organisations to enhance ITE students' music knowledge, skills and understandings. The study took place at Deakin University's Metropolitan campus in Melbourne. It investigates why people come together to share music making practice, and explores participants experiences and engagement when undertaking professional learning. The author draws on questionnaire data from participants and workshop presenters in 2018 and 2019 to inform the findings. Data were analysed using thematic analysis that is reported thematically under two headings, professional sharing and creative music making. The findings show that participation in the workshops offered participants the opportunity to create music soundscapes, build confidence, develop ideas for music teaching, and learn about the importance of professional learning. The author argues for the need to work collaboratively with professional organisations when preparing ITE students for the profession. Further research is required in this area that supports professional learning in ITE programs.
Updated: Jun. 09, 2022
Developing Visual Literacy Skills in Teacher Education: Different Ways of Looking at the Visual Images
This article attempts to use different ways of looking that help classroom and visual art teachers analyze the meanings attributed to visual images, thereby enhancing their visual literacy skills. In the study, holistic multiple-case sampling was employed in the context of case study method as each group of teachers was individually considered as an analysis unit and their analysis of visual images through different ways of looking was evaluated in a holistic way. The participants of the study comprised of a total of 508 teachers who attended teacher training workshop of the Project titled ‘The Implementation of Visual Culture Theory on Primary and Secondary Visual Arts Courses.’ The data were collected with worksheets, artistic drawings and participant diaries and analyzed inductively. The data were presented in three themes: analyzing visual elements, approaching the visual contextually, and determining the contributions of visual experience. The results denoted that classroom and visual arts teachers interacted with images through a series of questions related to different ways of looking at visual images, questioned visual representations, artistic components and sub-meanings and created various meanings in terms of social, economic, psychological and cultural contexts, thereby increasing their visual literacy skills.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2022
Cooperative learning in teacher education: its effects on EFL pre-service teachers’ content knowledge and teaching self-efficacy
This study examined the effect of Cooperative learning (CL) on content knowledge and teaching self-efficacy of EFL pre-service teachers using a pre-test/post-test quasi-experimental design. The experimental group (N = 35) and the control group (N = 30) were randomly selected from two Cambodian regional teacher training centres. For 16 weeks, the experimental group was exposed to CL while the control group participated in lecture-based learning. Data was collected before and after the experiment through an achievement test and an adapted scale on teaching self-efficacy. The ANCOVA results revealed that the EFL pre-service teachers in the experimental group outperformed their conventionally trained counterparts in terms of grammar and vocabulary achievement and teaching self-efficacy. This study adds to the existing literature, showing that CL significantly contributes to the increase in content knowledge and teaching self-efficacy among EFL pre-service teachers and highlights the need for applying CL in pre-service instruction.
Updated: Apr. 05, 2022
Multiple case-study analysis of service-learning as a means to foster sustainability competencies amongst pre-service educators
The aim of this multiple case-study analysis was to find out the influence that service-learning methodology has on the development of sustainability competences amongst university students (Preschool, Primary and Social Education) of three Spanish Universities (UIC, UAM and USAL). A sample of 129 university students of the academic year 2017–18 was used. A pre-experimental study was carried out, using a pre-test-post-test study with natural groups, without a control group. The findings of this study show that service-learning contributed to improve knowledge in sustainability in the 5 case studies analysed. The findings also demonstrate how the use of service-learning promotes the development of practical skills associated with sustainability action.
Updated: Mar. 28, 2022
This study examined professional teacher noticing in the context of written responses 12 pre-service teachers (PSTs) provided in a reflective journal after posing addition and subtraction problems for students in an after-school tutoring program. Professional teacher noticing skills, attending, interpreting, and deciding, were situated within the well-defined mathematics content and associated trajectory of student strategies for the meaning of addition and subtraction. A three-point rubric was designed and utilized to analyze PST attending, interpreting, and deciding responses. Results characterize what PSTs “could do” relative to each skill as well as development of noticing skills over time. Results also highlight how PSTs included a rationale and next steps in deciding responses that related to supporting student understanding of the meaning of addition and subtraction, providing additional practice, and teaching solution strategies. Implications for teacher education are discussed.
Updated: Jan. 23, 2022
Considering Implications for Self and Institutions in Navigating Transitions in Teacher Education Administration
Three mid-career teacher educators, each of whom involuntarily served as mid-level administrators are now in the similar position of having left those roles. Each has a different story to tell and they come from very different institutions, yet find themselves experiencing many of the same issues and frustrations. This collaborative self-study was an intentional study of and reflection on how their administrative roles impacted or changed their perspectives on teacher education in general and how it changed them each personally. The weight of the role had lasting implications for their personal and professional selves. Their reflective journals, weekly online meetings, and responses to each other’s experiences resulted in findings that can inform the work of others in similar positions or circumstances. Those findings, while both similar and distinct, reveal enough commonality that the authors, as teacher educators often placed in positions of leadership, must consider the implications for their practice, their students, their scholarship community, and themselves.
Updated: Dec. 28, 2021
Supporting reflection and reflective practice in an initial teacher education programme: an exploratory study
The importance of promoting reflection and reflective practice in teacher education programmes is widely acknowledged. This exploratory study describes how a revised B.Ed initial primary teacher education programme created a renewed focus on reflection and reflective practice to support students in becoming reflective practitioners The work on developing the new programme was a collaborative effort of staff, both at the planning and implementation stages. This paper reports on an evaluation of Year 1 of the B.Ed programme in which 440 undergraduate students and 24 staff were involved. The results were mainly positive, indicating that the changes in the programme have been largely successful in their goals. However, the results also show that further work needs to be done in this area with more in-depth research and analysis of the ongoing work being needed.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2021
Incorporating problem-based learning in a secondary school mathematics preservice teacher education course
Preservice secondary school mathematics teacher education must incorporate large amounts of material within a limited timeframe, of mathematics curricula, best teaching practices, professional learning strategies, and more. Mathematics education instructors using a mixed instruction course incorporating an initial phase of transmission and transactional teaching practices followed by a phase of problem-based learning instruction was investigated as a professional learning model for preservice teachers. This was a sequential four-phase mixed methods study. Over the phases, data was gathered via a questionnaire administered to forty-seven secondary school mathematics preservice teachers. Significant and important changes in preservice teacher beliefs and orientations were observed.
Updated: Oct. 25, 2021