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This study focuses on the specific expertise that science teacher educators (TEs) bring into teacher education. The authors were interested to gain insight into teacher educators' aims for teaching about science teaching, and how their expertise has developed on the basis of their professional background and experiences. The findings reveal similarities among the concerns of these TEs and yet considerable diversity among their approaches.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2015
Responding to Teacher Shortages: Relationships among Mobility Experiences, Attitudes, and Intentions of Dutch Teachers
This study examines how the experience with mobility and the attitude towards mobility of Dutch secondary school teachers shape their intentions to be mobile. The findings reveal that attitudes towards mobility were linked to past experience with mobility and there is a strong relationship between the attitude towards mobility and the intention to be mobile.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2015
The present study focuses on the improvement of pre-service teachers’ self-efficacy for teaching science by including science courses within the teacher training program. The authors conclude that the science teaching self-efficacy of pre-service teachers, in particular, improved during years 1 and 2, and not during years 3 and 4. Higher levels of self-rated subject-matter knowledge and science teaching experience in primary schools both contributed to higher levels of personal self-efficacy for science teaching. Differences at the university level in courses taken during the first year between science content courses and science methods courses also influenced the pre-service teachers’ development of science teaching self-efficacy.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2015
In this article, the authors investigate the extent to which three postgraduate teacher education institutes in the Netherlands pay attention to and aim to stimulate the development of community competence. This question is approached through three curriculum representations, the intended, implemented and attained curriculum. The study guides revealed that all institutes in some way or another stated the importance of developing community competence by their student teachers. However, it appears that community competence is weakly conceptualised in the intended curriculum. Furthermore, in the implemented and attained curricula, teacher educators, student teachers and the materials showed that there was no systematic and explicit policy for stimulating the development of community competence of student teachers.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2015
In this article, the authors draw on two purposefully selected case studies of student teachers to explore the implications of this alternative understanding of the nature and consequences of resistance. This cross-case analysis focuses on the causes and manifestations of friction over time. The findings indicate that resistance itself, and its causes, should be understood as interactive in multiple ways. The two participants identified different causes for the friction they experienced at different moments in time. Moreover, almost each time they identified a certain cause, they added that it might work differently for other students or that they could also see how it would work, but just not under the given circumstances.
Updated: Sep. 08, 2015
This study investigated how to educate student teachers to develop a focus on student learning during teacher education. The designed learning environment characterized by the use of authentic contexts, authentic tasks and reflective dialogues. The study indicates that it is possible to change student teachers’ conceptions in a relative short period of time, even though there were substantial differences between student teachers. More specifically, six student teachers developed more constructivist and less transmissive conceptions as a result of the designed learning environment. The other four student teachers showed the same change in the drawings, and also developed more or maintained constructivist conceptions as shown in the metaphors, but maintained or showed less constructivist conceptions in the questionnaires.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2015
This study examined the inquiry processes of two research groups in teacher education with the aim of answering the following research question: To what extend and in what way do student teachers, in the context of a research project, engage in elaboration and decision making during the research process? The results of both of these research groups exemplify how both decision making and elaboration are necessary elements to reach the full potential of a collaborative research project. The authors have shown that a research activity in which student teachers are supposed to collaborate is challenging and requires hard work. Alongside everything else that student teachers have to do for both the institute and at school, they experience much time pressure.
Updated: Aug. 04, 2015
Teacher Research in Dutch Professional Development Schools: Perceptions of the Actual and Preferred Situation in terms of the Context, Process and Outcomes of Research
The aim of this study is to provide deeper insight into the realisation of teacher research in professional development schools in the Netherlands. Participants of these schools were asked for their perceptions of the actual and preferred situation concerning teacher research in terms of the context, processes and outcomes of practice-based research activities by teachers-as-researchers. The authors can conclude that a large difference between the actual and preferred situation was noticeable. Additionally, pupil learning and outcomes seemed not to be a central focal area of the participants at this moment. Finally, the results suggest that in Dutch professional development schools increased attention is needed both by researchers and practitioners on the process and outcome dimensions of doing teacher research.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2015
Induction of Beginning Teachers in Urban Environments: An Exploration of the Support Structure and Culture for Beginning Teachers at Primary Schools Needed to Improve Retention of Primary School Teachers
The aim of this study was to gain insight into ways to improve the retention of beginning urban teachers. This study investigated the support structure and support culture of 11 urban primary schools. This article focused on characteristics of the support structure and support culture at schools where beginning teachers judged the support they received positively or negatively. The findings revealed that the principals of the schools were willing to invest in the professional development of the teachers. Although there were differences in the support structure of the schools, the main difference between the schools appeared to be their support culture. In conclusion, this study showed that in schools where teachers judged the support practice positively, support was focused on the specific urban challenges that the teachers experienced more than it was in the schools where teachers judged support negatively.
Updated: Jun. 28, 2015
This study attempts to profile beginning teachers according to their professional identity tensions. These profiles regards beginning teachers' changing role from student to teacher, their care for students and their orientations towards learning to teach. The cluster analysis of these tensions revealed that the participants could be classified into six different profiles, namely: teachers struggling with (views of) significant others, teachers with care-related tensions, teachers with responsibility-related tensions, moderately tense teachers, tension-free teachers, and troubled teachers. Furthermore, 30 of the 42 beginning teachers who completed the questionnaire twice changed profiles after the transition period from student teacher to in-practice teacher.
Updated: Mar. 16, 2015