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Student-Teachers’ Verbal Communication Patterns during their Teaching Practice in ‘Studies for the Environment’ subject in Early Greek Primary Classes
This research examines the quality of student–teachers’ (STs’) verbal communication during their teaching practice on the ‘Studies for the Environment’ subject. It also identifies potential factors affecting it. The results reveal that student teachers clearly dominate classroom discussion, the questions they address to their students are of poor quality, and are not facilitating the development of students’ critical thinking. The findings reveal that the student teachers used types of questions that do not consider students as researchers and do not provide them the opportunity to develop the fundamental skills specified in the ‘Studies for the Environment’ curricula, requiring them to be able to investigate complex issues. The authors also found that the factors influencing STs’ verbal communication are the absence of relevant theoretical and practical background, the inappropriate training school setting and the lack of teaching experience are the most prominent.
Updated: Apr. 26, 2018
The present study raises awareness on issues pertaining to teacher educators’ professional development in the Greek-Cypriot context. Findings indicate that teacher educators are involved not only in formal but also informal learning, both through and without interaction. Learning through interaction involves participation in seminars as well as informal conversations with colleagues, but not structured forms of peer learning. Learning without interaction resembles self-study and reflection, but not intentional experimentation with practices. These findings reflect the individualized character of educators’ professional development, while systemic opportunities for peer learning remain scarce.
Updated: Jul. 03, 2016
This study aimed to evaluate teaching effectiveness in an elective science course, in the Early Childhood Education Department of Athens University in Greece. An enhancement and a worsening student beliefs groups were identified based on their changing beliefs.
Updated: Feb. 29, 2016
Preservice Teachers’ Beliefs About Childhood: Challenges for a Participatory Early Childhood Education?
The purpose of this study is to examine preservice teachers’ beliefs about childhood in an attempt to see how they may support an active, participatory role for children in early childhood education. The authors highlight three important conclusions from this research. First, preservice teachers already have a number of beliefs that explain children’s behavior, haracteristics, potentials, and needs when they enter university education. Second, beliefs about childhood vary among preservice teachers and some of their beliefs are related to known scientific theories about childhood or to existing typologies. Third, despite this variation, there are specific ontological and epistemological presuppositions underlying these beliefs that construct a framework theory for understanding childhood.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2015
Student-teachers As Researchers: Towards A Professional Development Orientation in Teacher Education. Possibilities and Limitations in the Greek University
This study has two goals: it investigates how to design a university undergraduate course on action research; and It also explores how the students’ involvement in action research influences the construction of their personal educational theory. The findings reveal that educational action research can be taught to students if it is praxis oriented, linking theory and practice within reflective action. The students also managed to practically link action research and collaborative action learning, approaching teaching as learning to a certain extent and realising that learning is predicated on active experience and improved through cyclical processes.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2015
This article argues for the value of using student ratings to measure quality of teaching. An international study to test the validity of the dynamic model of educational effectiveness was conducted. At classroom level, the model consists of eight factors relating to teacher behaviour: orientation, structuring, questioning, teaching modelling, application, management of time, teacher role in making classroom a learning environment and assessment. The analyses revealed that student ratings are reliable and valid for measuring the functioning of the teacher factors of the dynamic model.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015
Communities of Practice and Participatory Action Research: The Formation of a Synergy for the Development of Museum Programmes for Early Childhood
The purpose of this study was to integrate the ideas of community of practice and participatory action research. This integration formed by the synergy between a natural history museum and a university department of pre-school education, which undertook participatory action research aimed at the creation of innovative museum programmes for young children. Data analysis and the evaluation of the research process show that the community was able to bring its situated knowledge into question and interrogate propositional knowledge. The authors conclude that both communities of educational practice and participatory action research can help participants develop the shared vision that is necessary for the development of a rigorous and better practice.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2014
This article presents a study, which examined the effectiveness of a specially designed intervention on chemical changes. The participants were one hundred and thirty Greek primary school teachers. The results show that pre-intervention, teachers were found to have a relatively limited ability in explaining chemical changes. The teachers also held a number of misconceptions similar to those of pupils. Post-intervention, teachers’ descriptions and explanations were found to be significantly improved. However, post-intervention, teachers seemed better able to manage the combustion of hydrogen and the heating of sugar, than the burning candle which had been studied in the course.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2014
In this article, the authors investigate the value of collaboration in promoting the sharing of individual reflective thinking in group work and enhancing metacognitive knowledge in a project-based e-learning context. The authors conducted an empirical study using a collaborative learning script combining individual and collaborative activities at specific phases of a project as an additional scaffold. The authors used MyProject in an e-learning context where all the interactions take place online and the life cycle of a project is inherent in the environment.
Updated: Jul. 23, 2012
This study aimed to explore student teachers’ views regarding 1) the efficacy and the applicability of a brief teacher education programme in certain counselling skills; and 2) its impact on their competence to adequately apply a SEL intervention programme in their classrooms. The authors consider that the results of this study highlight the need for applying inservice training in counselling skills for teachers.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2012