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Teachers' In-service Training is only the Beginning of A Road: Personal and Organizational Contexts of Teachers' Continuous Professional Development
The article describes a study that explores how teachers participating in PD courses perceive the qualities and benefits of such courses, and the variables that affect these perceptions. A secondary goal of the study was to determine whether it is possible to differentiate between variables inherent in the manner in which the courses are conducted and other variables. The study findings validate the strong connection between two key compounded variables affecting outcomes of PD programs: teachers' professional and personal motivation towards the program and the relevancy of the program contents to their needs. Motivation is further enhanced through the trainee's participation in the program, thereby constituting a major leverage for reaching the PD goals and achieving beneficial outcomes.
Updated: Jun. 28, 2015
This paper describes a pre–post, quasi-experimental design study conducted to evaluate the contributions of a 56-h “Emotional Intelligence” training model. The model has been developed and studied in an attempt to address educators’ growing needs to practice and implement “emotionally intelligent” learning environments. Findings indicated an increase in emotional intelligence and empathic concern from the beginning to the end of the course. Further regression indicated that both expression and regulation of emotions predicted empathy at the end of the course.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2015
This article aims to examine the process of critical professional identity development as it was perceived by the teacher candidates who participated in the service-learning programme. This study presents three main processes that took place in the development of a critical professional identity among teacher candidates during service-learning. These processes included the following: (1) Deconstructing stereotypes through engagement with the ‘other', (2) Coping with difficulties, dilemmas or conflicts that arise from dialogue with the ‘other', and (3) Shifting from a hegemonic professional perception to a dialogic one.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2015
Towards Post-intercultural Teacher Education: Analysing ‘Extreme’ Intercultural Dialogue to Reconstruct Interculturality
The author explores the impact of a course on ‘multicultural education’ given to a cohort of ‘local’ and international student teachers studying to become Newly Qualified Teachers. The methodology rests on the use of a documentary on ‘extreme’ intercultural dialogue that the students discussed at the end of the course. The author hypothesises that the documentary, which is often conflictual, would help him to evaluate the students’ learning and how they discuss and problematise such a case of ‘intercultural dialogue’ in education and relate it to their future practice.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2015
This article examines the psychological processes involved in constructing professional identities among novice teachers as expressed in stories they wrote about their induction year. The examination of these processes through narrative analysis with a literary dimension focuses on the teachers’ struggles with the conflicts, tensions, and gaps that arose during this year. The findings reveal that every story emphasizes one of the three aspects with which the novice teachers cope: has conflict, tension and gaps with which the novice teachers must cope.
Updated: May. 17, 2015
The main objective of this study was to identify emergent learning aspects of team-based simulations (TBS) among teacher trainees through transcribed videotaped simulations of critical ethical incidents. Findings point to a four-dimensional model of ‘Learning ethical conduct through TBS.’ First, TBS enables trainees to learn to make decisions within a “supportive-forgiving” environment. Second, the use of TBS may increase trainees’ awareness of their responsibility to learn how to develop standards of care for their students. Third, TBS helps teacher trainees to learn how to reduce colleagues’ misconduct. Fourth, TBS helps trainees develop an integrative approach as they have to consider different perspectives simultaneously.
Updated: Apr. 12, 2015
Multiculturalism in Teacher Education Institutes - The Relationship between Formulated Official Policies and Grassroots Initiatives
The current study examined the multicultural policies advocated and the actual practices in two teacher education colleges in Israel. The main findings reveal a gap between multicultural discourse and policies in two colleges, as manifested in the activity patterns of both teacher education colleges. Furthermore, the difference between the colleges in terms of multicultural discourse and practice is related to the difference in the colleges’ organizational structures and target populations. The authors recommend that there is room for grassroots developments. Finally, the authors recommend that every teacher-education institute in any multicultural country must include the topic of multiculturalism in the curricula.
Updated: Jan. 06, 2015
“Touch It Lightly”: Israeli Students’ Construction of Pedagogical Paradigms About an Emotionally Laden Topic
The purpose of this study is to examine the pedagogical paradigms that preservice teachers construct regarding the teaching of the Holocaust and the identification of trends in the development of these paradigms over their 3-year college program.The authors conclude that the findings reveal that preservice teachers actively engage in pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) relating to emotionally charged topics, and they heavily base their constructions on prior beliefs as well as the educational program to which they have been exposed.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2014
This research set out to examine the contribution of narrative analysis of a hidden story to the potential reassessment of the narrator’s self and identity. The phenomenon of ‘hidden stories’ is presented here through an exemplary story told by a woman teacher, who revealed it for the first time in a seminar work, employing narrative analysis to examine its long-term effect on her. The findings reveal how narrative analysis facilitated the teacher's in-depth understanding of her identity at different life stages, thereby enabling her to reconstruct it anew. The story of the autobiographical event and its analysis helped the teacher not only to free herself from the difficult event that she had undergone as a young pupil, and had hidden for such a long time, but also to confront it face to face and conduct a deep internal dialogue with it.
Updated: Jun. 09, 2014
This study examines the characteristics, advantages and shortcomings of the educational approaches used by Israeli students, who have developed and taught curricula on the intelligent use of the Web. Most of the students chose balanced approaches for developing and teaching curricula on the subject, relating both to the benefits and the dangers of using the Web. Quite a few, however, chose a negative critical approach focusing on the dangers and harmful effects of the Internet. A marginal minority chose a positive approach stressing only the beneficial uses of the Web.
Updated: May. 26, 2014