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The Influence of Teacher Education on Mentor Teachers’ Role Perception in Professional Development Schools
This article examines the influence of the pre-service training on mentor teachers’ role perception in the Professional Development Schools (PDS). The perceptions of the mentor teachers were examined regarding the influence of their teacher education as student teachers on their role perception in the PDS, and whether a difference exists between the perceptions of mentor teachers who were trained to teach via different approaches. The opinions of the pedagogical instructors were also examined, regarding their opinion on the difference between the role performance of Locals and Newcomers. The findings reinforce the fact that preparing mentor teachers is important, especially, if they mentor in a different context from that with which they were once familiar when students themselves.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2016
This article outlines what is at stake in the framing of the problem of professional experience and how constructions of the problem make it difficult to find enduring solutions. It is argued that teacher educators must simultaneously work on tactically resolving issues whilst also engaging in a more strategic, evidence-based dialogue on the purpose of professional experience, its models of delivery, and evidence of outcomes.
Updated: Jan. 27, 2016
New Zealand teacher education has been major changes since 1974: to policy, the locus of programmes, quality control measures, entry standards and governance. Teacher education has been part of revolutionary systemic change to the school and tertiary sectors reflecting underlying assumptions about national direction. In 1974, it was believed that successful teaching experience in schools would fully equip new staff to be teacher educators. In 2014, with the bulk of teacher education carried out in universities, teacher educators are now expected to complete doctorates and take part in the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) quality evaluations. New Zealand teacher educators have found a home in the university sector, albeit one that values theoretical research more highly than investigation and improvement of practice and rates international, rather than local, publication as key.
Updated: Jan. 17, 2016
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
The prime focus of the article is on presenting changes in teacher education from 1974 to the present day, against the backdrop of key political and social forces. It reviews the long attempt to transform teacher education in Thailand. The author concludes that at present, Teaching and Teacher Certificates, together with their respective approval processes, have been operated under the Teacher Council of Thailand (TCT)’s close supervision throughout Thailand. The author argues that to be effective as a Thai teacher, one must not only yield uncritically to TCT’s standards, but must also be able to engage wholeheartedly in the field research that relates their knowledge on pedagogic principles to the understanding of Thai education and social issues.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2015
This article examines some of the major issues and attributes of culturally responsive teaching. It begins with explaining the author's views of culturally responsive teaching and how she incorporates cultural responsiveness in her writing to teach readers what it means. The author also discusses of some specific actions essential to its implementation. Excerpts from samples of her own and others' scholarship are woven throughout to exemplify general patterns, themes, and principles of culturally responsive teaching.
Updated: Nov. 03, 2015
This paper synthesizes literature related to critical race theory (CRT) and disability theory to elucidate the need for a critical ability theory in teacher education. Combining the tenets of CRT and disability theories provides a lens for viewing how power and privilege affect public and private conceptions of what it means to have a special need.
Updated: Oct. 12, 2015
This article aims to develop a deeper understanding of how to implement a professional development training strategy for the Adaptive Mentorship (AM) model. It also interested to explore how cooperating teachers used the model, not only to assist pre-service teachers in their development, but also to reflect on their role as a mentor. The findings reveal that by the end of the second year 84 percent of the cooperating teachers said they “did or mostly did” understand the AM model after the seminar. Less than half of the cooperating teachers recommended that the AM model should be used at seminar. Of the rest, while 21 percent were not in favor of the AM model being used, 37 percent would consider using it at seminar. The findings in this study suggest that for many cooperating teachers the notion of reciprocal development had not yet permeated their consciousness.
Updated: Sep. 21, 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
The purpose of this study was to examine a teacher educator’s assumptions and perspectives about purposefully and explicitly negotiating authority through grading and accountability processes in an undergraduate teacher education course. The findings suggest that seeking legitimacy through consensual acceptance, responding to students’ expressed interests, and constructing knowledge through continual questioning present potential frameworks for constructing purposeful pedagogical partnerships consistent with democratic aims in teacher education.
Updated: Jul. 07, 2015