Search results for: Park Rogers Meredith A.
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Examining the Tensions between Rapport with Pre-Service Teachers and Authority in Becoming a Teacher Educator
The purpose of this self-study was to examine an internal conflict the lead author was feeling about her credibility to teach pre-service elementary teachers when she was similar in age to them and had no K-12 teaching experience. Having taught only as an undergraduate science teaching assistant, she was now assigned in her doctoral program to be an early field experience instructor for elementary education majors. Using Relational Cultural Theory and the framework of deliberate relationship, the role of rapport was analyzed in relation to authority and credibility. Findings show the lead author’s rapport with her pre-service teachers was valuable in supporting her authority and credibility as an instructor, but only when boundaries to rapport were maintained. Specifically, findings show the difficulty in balancing caring for pre-service teachers with appropriate boundaries, and need for diligent transparency of practice. Implications for successful teacher-student relationships when feeling tensions between developing rapport and authority are discussed. Positive, mutually-beneficial relationships with high rapport are possible as long as the instructor maintains appropriate boundaries with pre-service teachers by focusing on the teacher-student relationship rather than attempting to establish friendships.
Updated: Jul. 01, 2021
In this article, the authors assert that professional development (PD) projects have an orientation that guides the design and implementation of the entire project; a construct that the authors term “PD Project Orientation”. The aim of this study was to validate the existence of this new construct. Using various data sources from nine PD projects, the authors generated and characterized five PD project orientations. This study has implications for those designing and implementing PD for science teachers, as well as PD evaluators.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
Preparing the Next Generation of Science Teacher Educators: A Model for Developing PCK for Teaching Science Teachers
In this paper, the authors argue that, in addition to developing skills and a knowledge base for research, doctoral students must be given the opportunity to observe, practice, and reflect on the pedagogical knowledge necessary to instruct science teachers. In particular, the authors contend that the construct of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) can be adapted to the context of knowledge for teaching science teachers.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2009