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The purpose of this article is to explore why mentoring is preferred over coaching when supporting pre-service teachers, compared with other stages in a teacher’s career where coaching is more readily available. The findings point towards an imbalance in the use of mentoring and coaching within education, with a particular underuse of coaching for pre-service teachers. Some mentoring interventions are founded on a deficit model; therefore mentors of pre-service teachers could be helped and supported to make greater use of a mentor-coach integrated asset-based approach, which encourages the use of reflection and self-directed learning.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2015
The main focus of this research was to assess the impact of a mentoring scheme in facilitating integration amongst first-year international students who come from different ethnic, cultural, sociocultural and socio-economic backgrounds so that they become effective learners. The findings indicated that international students suffer from acute disorientation in their new institution. They find the new academic and social culture daunting. The author concludes that the lessons learned from it together with many of the suggestions which emerged from the focus group discussions, are included in the current mentoring scheme. The success of the mentoring scheme facilitated the transition of first-year international students, encouraged a sense of community and actually created a community amongst the international student cohort.
Updated: Nov. 01, 2015
This study will evaluate the engagement of students with the virtual learning environment (VLE) enhancements. The purpose of this evaluation is to relate a specific virtual framework, designed for students participating on biology modules contained in the Science Extended Degree (SED) course, with levels of student engagement. The results indicate that a substantial proportion of students completed all of these assessments, and this appears to be directly linked to attainment of higher grades. The findings reveal that the VLE model described here seems to be of major benefit to students as a learning tool. The findings were positive showing that time spent on the test was decreased as the course progressed and there was a positive attitude swing towards learning shown by the students.
Updated: Oct. 27, 2015
This study examines student participation in curriculum design at course and programme levels at three higher education institutes at UK, Ireland and USA. Case study methodology and critical theory provided the framework for the research study. This research has outlined a range of different approaches to co-creating curricula. In these examples, student participation has been reported to increase levels of individual and collective student responsibility for their learning, and enhance student performance and teachers’ satisfaction.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2015
The focus of this study is the practice of mentoring as perceived by key participants, and the backdrop is the changing training context. Particularly, this research aims to understand mentoring of student teachers as a practice-based learning process situated within the school as a workplace, and for the purposes of sustaining the working practices and staffing of that workplace. Experiences of mentoring in this specific case study of initial teacher education vary but there are common constraints and affordances. This research suggests that the wider value placed on mentoring within the workplace-orientated context of initial teacher education matters. Furthermore, the socio-cultural context within which mentoring occurs also has a significant impact, and indeed the extent to which the mentors are afforded the necessary time and mentor education to fulfil their role.
Updated: Oct. 12, 2015
This article examines factors affecting the inclusion of health and well-being. It also explores educational implications in light of the changing landscape of pre-service teacher education in England. The participants were pre-service teacher training institutions in England, who completed a survey regarding to the provision of health and well-being education.
Updated: Sep. 02, 2015
Educational Policy or Practice? Traversing the Conceptual Divide between Subject Knowledge, Pedagogy and Teacher Identity in England
This article is framed by concerns about recent UK Government policy regarding the training of mathematics and science teachers in England. It discusses how two cohorts of pre-service teachers negotiated the development of a professional identity while undertaking subject-specific training. The authors take the concept of ‘participation in communities of practice’ as a departure point to explore how trainees demonstrate their development of professional identities as chemistry, maths or physics teachers.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2015
Community of Practice in Action: SEDA as a Learning Community for Educational Developers in Higher Education
The Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) was formed in 1993. SEDA was set up to support members of the emergent profession of educational development, originally in the UK and subsequently internationally. This article explores how colleagues working in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), to improve assessment, learning and teaching practices, became, through SEDA, an active and engaged community. The authors argue that there are different forms of communities of practice and professional learning communities such as practice-based, task-based and knowledge-based groups and SEDA’s sub-communities work in each of these areas. The authors conclude that SEDA’s ongoing existence as an organisation as well as a community of practice will rely on its ability to take in its stride a radically changing higher education environment.
Updated: May. 04, 2015
Design Based Research to Develop the Teaching of Pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD): Evaluating Lesson Study in terms of Pupil, Teacher and School Outcomes
The purpose of this article was to show the use of a design-based research approach to refine the use of Lesson Study methods to develop the teaching and learning of pupils identified as having moderate learning difficulties (MLD) in secondary schools. The findings suggest beneficial outcomes for pupils and teachers. The findings about pupil demonstrate of positive pupil learning outcomes in a particular context and use of Lesson Study. In addition, teacher level evaluation data found largely similar and very positive outcomes for the teachers concerned.
Updated: Feb. 09, 2015
Shifting Codes: Education or Regulation? Trainee Teachers and the Code of Conduct and Practice in England
This article examines how trainee teachers aligned themselves with the GTCE Code of Conduct and Practice. The authors used Q-methodology to identify trainees’ underlying subjectivity in relation to statements from the code. The findings revealed that trainees represented a highly homogenous group who were able to prioritise undifferentiated transgressions in very similar ways. This research has shown that within the sample of this enquiry those entering teacher training generally represent a homogenous group whose ethical values and underlying subjectivity are consistent with both the profession and GTCE. Trainees in the early stages of their training already recognise, prioritise and align themselves with those ethical issues that one would expect both the GTCE and profession to prioritise.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2014