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The present article set out to examine the issue of whether opportunity to learn (OTL) was related to mathematics and mathematics pedagogy knowledge for future middle school mathematics teachers and for future elementary teachers who will likely teach mathematics. The authors used data from 81 randomly sampled U.S. public and private institutions as well as international data from top-achieving countries. The results showed major differences in course taking between the A+ countries and the United States, especially for lower secondary preparation programs.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2014
Teacher Education Effectiveness: Quality and Equity of Future Primary Teachers’ Mathematics and Mathematics Pedagogical Content Knowledge
This article examined across 15 countries to what extent primary teacher education can be regarded as effective and the possible reasons for inequity. The effectiveness of teacher education was examined by taking two indicators into account: future teachers’ mean achievement on a paper-and-pencil test as an indicator of quality, and the variability of teacher achievement due to background characteristics as an indicator of equity. The authors conclude that none of the TEDS-M countries was successful on both indicators of teacher education effectiveness with respect to background characteristics, gender, and language. Singapore and Taiwan may be regarded as the most effective teacher education systems, with high achievement and gender equity on MPCK and high achievement and language.
Updated: Dec. 25, 2013
Family Background, Entry Selectivity and Opportunities to Learn: What Matters in Primary Teacher Education? An International Comparison of Fifteen Countries
This article examines the effectiveness of teacher education programs from fifteen countries with respect to mathematics content knowledge (MCK) and mathematics pedagogical content knowledge (MPCK) as cognitive outcomes after equalizing their teacher intake. Data from the comparative TEDS-M study revealed that the mathematics content knowledge (MCK) and the mathematics pedagogical content knowledge (MPCK) of primary teachers differed significantly at the end of teacher education between the participating countries and between teacher education programs within countries.
Updated: Oct. 29, 2013
Mathematics Teacher Education Quality in TEDS-M: Globalizing the Views of Future Teachers and Teacher Educators
This article seeks to explore teacher education quality in terms of effectiveness among various countries. This study shows that future teachers report that they benefit from both academic and school-based instructors in every participating country. Data indicate that United States have well-organized programs and the most synchronized teaching in TEPs at both the lower secondary and primary levels.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2013
In this study, the authors were interested to understand how lesson study (LS) protocols were adapted to suit local school conditions and contexts and the kinds of problems and constraints the schools faced in the implementation process. The Sixty-four schools responded to three survey questionnaires. The findings reveal that 56 schools implemented LS. Twenty-nine schools indicated that they would definitely continue implementing LS. The results show that in 22 schools LS was initiated by school leaders such as principals and vice-principals.
Updated: Jan. 21, 2013
“So, Where Do They Fit In?” Teachers’ Perspectives of Multi-Cultural Education and Diversity in Singapore
The authors examined secondary school teachers’ perceptions of diversity and multicultural education in Singapore.Findings indicate that although a majority of the participants based their conceptions of diversity primarily through racial categories codified by the state, a few teachers recognized nuanced, overlapping, and overlooked markers of identity that are challenging notions of diversity in Singapore and elsewhere.
Updated: Nov. 03, 2011
This study explored the extent to which interpersonal and cognitive teacher characteristics increased the level of students’ situational interest. Three distinct teacher characteristics have been identified that seem to influence the effectiveness of student learning and achievement: (1) social congruence, (2) subject-matter expertise, and (3) cognitive congruence. Results reveal that being cognitively congruent was a significant factor in predicting students’ level of situational interest in the classroom.
Updated: Oct. 04, 2011
Understanding Singaporean Preschool Teachers' Beliefs about Literacy Development: Four Different Perspectives
Investigating teachers' beliefs may shed light on their activities in the classroom, and in turn, on the pedagogical process itself. A study involving Q-methodology was conducted in Singaporean preschools to investigate some teachers' perceptions of early literacy development and instruction. The study revealed four viewpoint groups among the 30 preschool teachers who participated in the study, and possible teacher characteristics that distinguish the viewpoints from each other.
Updated: May. 09, 2010
Student Teachers' Intentions and Actions on Integrating Technology into Their Classrooms during Student Teaching: A Singapore Study
The purpose of the study is to examine student teachers' intentions and actions in technology integration in their classrooms. 118 Singapore student teachers participated in the study. The results suggested that student teachers in Singapore showed positive intentions to integrate technology to facilitate student-centered learning in their future teaching. However, they reported that they were more likely to use technology as a supporting and instructional tool during their student teaching rather than using technology to promote student-centered learning.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2010
The Change in Epistemological Beliefs and Beliefs about Teaching and Learning: A Study among Pre-service Teachers
This study explored the change in Singaporean pre-service teachers' epistemological beliefs and beliefs about learning and teaching over the course of a teacher preparation program. 413 Singaporean pre-service teachers participated in this study. Participants exhibited significant changes in epistemological beliefs and beliefs about learning and teaching. They indicated more relativistic epistemological outlooks and less constructivism in beliefs about teaching.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2010