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Features of Effective Professional Learning: A Case Study of the Implementation of a System-Based Professional Learning Model*
This research broadly focuses on two distinct concerns: the first relates to what constitutes high-quality professional learning; and the second relates to the implementation of professional learning at the classroom level. This paper addresses each of these concerns by identifying the features of effective professional learning: focus, learning components, feedback, collaborative practices, temporal elements and coherence. The analysis of the three-case study schools suggests that the greatest benefit of system-based professional learning is the level of coherence it can provide.
Updated: Jan. 09, 2017
A Teacher Educator Learns How to Learn from Mistakes: Single and Double-loop Learning for Facilitators of In-service Teacher Education
This study explores the role that teacher educators themselves may play in instances of limited success. The first author used self-study to explore how his framing of his facilitation role created a defensive rather than an open-to-learning professional development experience. This article has described how, despite being skilled in teaching, the first author was not skilled in helping teachers learn, at least initially. By building on the work of Argyris and Scho¨n (1974), this article describes a self-study process that involves using transcripts to infer the beliefs and values that underpin in-service educators’ decisions about how to act.
Updated: Dec. 28, 2016
This article outlines the development of the author's professional eye as a teacher educator in mathematics education in Australia through the self-study process of initiating and evaluating task variations and describes how this process was used to generate interactions that supported teacher candidates’ assignment work. This article focuses on one example of this research, where the intended object of learning is the construction of open-ended mathematics questions, which can be used by teachers for inclusive curriculum development.
Updated: Dec. 25, 2016
Developing Future Women Leaders: The Importance of Mentoring and Role Modeling in the Girls’ School Context
In this article, the author explores how mentoring and role modeling may help facilitate the development of female students’ understanding and practice of leadership in secondary girls’ school contexts. The findings revealed a variety of mentoring relationships existed in the schools studied. It was found that female student leaders were reciprocally mentors and role models to other students, whilst also mentees of older women mentors. Both the influence of and the greater need for female role models were also found to be important in supporting the development of adolescent girls for leadership.
Updated: Nov. 07, 2016
This article draws on a broader qualitative study of professional learning in schools of the Peoples of the Book (Christians, Jews and Muslims) in post-colonial Australia, addressing the role that the growing number of Australian faith-based schools play in shaping a just and inclusive Australian society. By reviewing material in the public domain, the authors consider in their projection to the public the stated and implied commitment of six Australian faith-based schools of the Peoples of the Book to a transformative, liberatory education. They argue that faith-based schools should articulate their purpose and values to the wider secular society, recognizing that this task also calls upon the secular society to engage with the faith traditions, to strengthen mutual respect and tolerance.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2016
This article seeks to understand how persistent categories of written language in institutional texts support the cultural-historical production and re-production of teacher educators as kinds of academic workers in Australia. A surprising finding was the almost complete absence of the ‘teacher educator’ within these texts. Analysis revealed, instead, textual distinctions between the advertisements (shown to be preoccupied with the image and positioning of institutional priorities and the supporting materials) which were characterised by the language of Human Resources.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2016
This article reports on the knowledge for teaching mathematics of 294 pre-service primary teachers from seven Australian universities participating in a project aimed at establishing a culture of evidence-based improvement of teacher education. The authors discuss the relative difficulties of items on each of the three subscales. Furthermore, the authors examine the differences between the participants’ performances on each subscale and the overall scale according to level of education, previous mathematics study, course type, mode of study, and confidence to teach mathematics at the grade levels for which they were being prepared.
Updated: Jul. 28, 2016
Digital Oral Feedback on Written Assignments as Professional Learning for Teacher Educators: A Collaborative Self-study
The current paper reports on a self-study of teacher educators involved in a preservice teacher unit on literacy. In this study, the teacher educators provided the preservice teachers with digital oral feedback about their final unit of work. The authors found that working as a team enabled them to provide more in-depth feedback on the assessment criteria for each assignment than was previously the case with written feedback. Through this dialogical feedback, the teacher educators were able to construct the preservice teachers’ assignments as an important textual gift for their collaborative professional learning.
Updated: Jul. 18, 2016
Pre-service and In-service Teachers’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Confidence towards Self-injury among Pupils
This study aimed to understand and explore differences between pre-service and in-service teachers’ knowledge, confidence and attitudes towards non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), and how these variables relate to demographics and prior education in NSSI.The findings revealed that despite their willingness to help pupils who self-injure, pre- and in-service teachers identify their lack of knowledge, training and resources to address confidently self-injury in schools.
Updated: Jul. 13, 2016
The present article reports on the results of three different investigations into pre-service teachers’ understanding of the mathematical concepts of area and perimeter. The results indicated that many pre-service teachers across the cohorts had a procedural understanding of area and perimeter, displayed similar misconceptions to their student counterparts, and were limited in their ability to demonstrate examples of the mathematics knowledge required to teach these topics.
Updated: Jul. 03, 2016