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Teacher Empowerment through Engagement in a Learning Community in Ireland: Working across Disadvantaged Schools
This article examines the professional development (PD) of a group of urban physical education teachers as they moved from a learning community focused on a new curriculum in physical education to a community of practice (CoP) committed to intense, sustained and focused engagement on issues related to their teaching practice and personal growth as physical educators. The participants reported development of their teaching practice and pedagogical skills by applying the teaching strategies shared by colleagues in the community. The teachers came to recognise their ability to design lessons to engage students and to implement these lessons in ways that were challenging and exciting, supporting the notion of increased self-efficacy. Their focus was consistently on their students and how to impact their learning by developing their own knowledge and skills in order to provide a quality education.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2017
Cultivating Relationships with School Placement Stakeholders: The Perspective of the Cooperating Teacher
This article investigates how and what type of relationships cooperating teachers (CTs) can develop with student teachers (STs) and university tutors (UTs) to enhance the school placement process. By facilitating collaborative relationships, a CT’s learning experience can be positively enhanced and a ST is provided with a scaffolded entry into the teaching profession. As the relationships in the study had various degrees of mutual engagement, joint enterprise and a shared repertoire, it allowed the ongoing interactions between various stakeholders to be labelled ‘communities’. The approaches of the CTs in developing communities were either enabled or challenged by other members in the school placement process.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2017
Continuing Professional Development – Why Bother? Perceptions and Motivations of Teachers in Ireland
This article aims to focus on the motivating and inhibiting factors relating to teachers’ engagement with continuing professional development (CPD) and to analyse the data in relation to Herzberg et al.’s (1959) two-factor theory, as a means of drawing implications for the future provision of CPD in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The findings indicate that teachers’ intrinsic motivation to seek out their own CPD continues to apply to actually engaging in CPD. Teachers in this study expressed a preference both to seek out and to pursue CPD areas that they valued for their own personal reasons and in response to their own personal and/or professional needs. The findings demonstrate that intrinsic (personal) factors – namely career advancement, potential growth and achievement – were the chief catalysts in motivating teachers in this study to engage in CPD.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2016
This article explores whether emotional intelligence predicts student teacher performance. This study found that teacher emotional intelligence was not a predictor of student teacher performance. It also found that prior academic attainment and gender were not a good predictor of teacher performance.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2015
This study examines student participation in curriculum design at course and programme levels at three higher education institutes at UK, Ireland and USA. Case study methodology and critical theory provided the framework for the research study. This research has outlined a range of different approaches to co-creating curricula. In these examples, student participation has been reported to increase levels of individual and collective student responsibility for their learning, and enhance student performance and teachers’ satisfaction.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2015
This article examines the three perspectives of employers, academics and employees during work based learning (WBL) programmes at undergraduate level. The participants mentioned several characteristics which could contribute to a successful partnership: trust, the exchange of cultural values, communication and collaboration.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2015
Reforming Teacher Education in the Context of Lifelong Learning: The Case of the BEd Degree Programme in Ireland
This article argues that a reform of the BEd degree programme ought to be informed by the philosophies and practices of lifelong learning. This could be achieved by introducing students to the theories of lifelong learning, by teacher educators modelling best practice in lifelong learning and by student teachers acknowledging that initial teacher education is just the first step in the continuum of professional teacher education.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2015
This study aims to assess the level of emotional intelligence of student teachers. The authors used Mayer and Salovey’s emotional intelligence model and the MSCEIT test of emotional intelligence. This study shows that the pre-service teachers studied have levels of emotional intelligence below the norm for the wider population. The gender differences are greater in this sample than would be expected in the wider population. These data suggest that, on average, student teachers may need help in all four of the competence areas that have been described. The data also suggests that male students, on average, are weaker than female students at using emotions to facilitate thinking and at regulation of emotion.
Updated: Jan. 27, 2015
The Genesis of Mentors’ Professional and Personal Knowledge about Teaching: Perspectives from the Republic of Ireland
This paper investigates the sources of mentors’ knowledge about teaching. The findings reveal that mentors’ knowledge about teaching is practice orientated and emerges from their professional experiences, their teaching skills, their pre-service teacher education and from their own personal experiences. The authors suggest that mentors require support to reflect on their early socialisation experiences and their attachment to practice-based experience as a source of professional knowledge, in this way they can better understand and carry out their role as mentors.
Updated: Jan. 20, 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