Search results for: Murray Jean
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The Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on teacher education in England: how teacher educators moved practicum learning online
The shutdown of universities and schools in England, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, came just as many pre-service students began their final practicum. This research focuses on the challenges this posed for teacher educators. Using qualitative research methods and concepts from spatial geography, the article explores how pedagogies adapted as the removal of the practicum relocated learning communities to new online spaces. Established practices changed quickly, with educators showing ‘pedagogic agility’. Despite the relocation to newly-formed online spaces, many principles and ‘intentionalities’ of practice remained unchanged, as did the teacher educators’ orientating values. Overall, there was a sense of both sameness and difference in some of the innovative pedagogies developed on the (g)local level. This research has international relevance in considering the spaces in which authentic teacher education can occur and the alternative pedagogies and technologies to support professional learning in the case of a ‘missing’ practicum.
Updated: Apr. 12, 2021
This paper examines the relationship between pre-service teacher education (ITE) for primary schooling and primary teaching in England between 1974 and 2014. It also explores the ‘fitness of purpose’ of the current system of preparing teachers for the classrooms of the twenty-first century. This historical analysis suggests that, despite 40 years of change in ITE, there are still a number of unresolved issues in ITE.
Updated: Dec. 05, 2016
Research Capacity-Building with New Technologies within New Communities of Practice: Reflections on the First Year of the Teacher Education Research Network
The present article focuses on a virtual research environment (VRE) and how it facilitated the networking of teacher educators participating in an Economic and Social Research Council-funded research capacity-building project. The authors argue that three main factors affected the use of the VRE, and in particular its wiki tool: the individual’s motivation to learn and to engage with (more) new technologies; the emerging dynamics of each research group as they developed shared working practices; and the institutional climates, which supported or discouraged the individuals’ engagement with both the technology and a regional Teacher Education Research Network that used this technology.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2016
This paper analyzes teacher educators’ constructions of their professionalism and the constituent professional resources and senses of identity on which that professionalism draws. The study is framed by a broadly sociological concern with the (re)production of social patterns and relations through teacher education. The findings show that three modes of professionalism were constructed by educators within the sample group, with each deploying professional resources and senses of identity in varying ways to position individuals as credible and legitimate practitioners within the field of teacher education.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2014
Teacher Educators’ Identities and Work in England at the Beginning of the Second Decade of the Twenty-First Century
This paper reports on part of the study of teacher educators in England which entitled ‘The Academic Tribe of Teacher Educators’ (A3TE). The purpose of A3TE was to examine teacher educators' constructions of their own identities in the academic communities within two university schools of education. The findings reveal that teacher educators in both universities constructed repertoires of identities for themselves. Although entry into the university often triggered a complex and shifting process of the (re)construction of identity around practice as a teacher educator and academic engagement, many of the teacher educators still saw one of their identities as that of ‘once-a-school teacher’.
Updated: Jan. 23, 2013
Facilitating Teacher Educators' Professional Learning through a Regional Research Capacity-Building Network
This article reports on the Teacher Education Research Network (TERN) initiative, which piloted a model for research capacity building in teacher education in the North West of England. This paper explores the intricate dynamics of the learning journeys undertaken by the participants. Furthermore, this article critically examines the structural, social and cultural factors involved in the navigation of the complex ecologies in which they were embedded as teacher educators and how this impacted on their learning.
Updated: Dec. 25, 2012
This paper draws on an analysis of relevant research and an illustrative case study of one teacher educator’s learning to debate how well-framed practitioner research might give some ways forward in devising appropriate professional learning provision for teacher educators entering Higher Education from work in schools. The article raises a number of issues about the long-term value and importance of the proposed type of research as part of teacher educators’ induction and professional development, with particular reference to the current situation for educational research in England.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2010
Capacity = Expertise x Motivation x Opportunities: Factors in Capacity Building in Teacher Education in England
This article offers an initial account of the Teacher Education Research Network (TERN) designed to test a 'social practices' model for building an educational research infrastructure across England. Setting the initiative within the regional context of teacher education in the North West of England, the article describes elements of the project.
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
Teacher educators' induction into Higher Education: work-based learning in the micro communities of teacher education
The article describes a research study for developing induction support for pre-service teacher educators in England. The findings indicate that most induction provision occurs within teacher education departments, often at the micro levels of the teaching team.
Updated: Sep. 11, 2008