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‘The Lecturer Should Know What They Are Talking About’: Student Union Officers Perceptions of Teaching-Related CPD and Implications for their Practice
This article investigates the potential for promoting student engagement in academic staff development, considering specifically the agency of Student Unions (SU) or guilds. The authors found that the SU officers showed a commitment to enhancing the quality of the student experience.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2018
Climate Change Professional Development: Design, Implementation, and Initial Outcomes on Teacher Learning, Practice, and Student Beliefs
The authors investigated the design and implementation of the Climate Academy, a professional development project intended to help teachers learn about climate change and support the development and implementation of climate change topics in participating teachers’ curricula. This article indicates that a focus on the science of climate change and modeling of theoretically driven pedagogical activities can help teachers improve their climate science knowledge as well as their understanding of how to teach climate science concepts by aligning content and practices with students’ local environment. Furthermore, the authors found that all teachers appreciated the opportunity to learn important content from climate experts and experience hands-on modeling during the summer institute.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2018
Changes in Teachers’ Beliefs after a Professional Development Project for Teaching Writing: Two Chinese Cases
This case study examined the changes in teachers’ beliefs after a professional development project for teaching writing through a case study of two writing teachers in a Chinese university. The author found that the project broadened the teachers’ understanding of different writing theories. It provided a clear model of how to integrate these new approaches into regular writing courses, changed their instructional focus and shifted their perception of teachers’ roles in teaching practice. The author emphasizes that this programme enriched the teachers’ writing knowledge and developed a more inclusive view of different writing strategies, which helped them understand the nature of writing more clearly.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2018
Learning with their Peers: Using A Virtual Learning Community to Improve an In-service Biology Teacher Education Program in Brazil
The purpose of this study was to explore whether the use of virtual learning community (VLC) associated with an online teachers' professional development program enable Biology teachers to share knowledge with their peers. The findings reveal that teachers that joined the this community intensely shared knowledge both on Biological contents and didactic experiences. They seldom used the VLC-Bio for social purposes. The authors also found that the effective participation in the collective construction of knowledge on how to teach Biology topics occurred mainly through interaction of teachers with their peers.
Updated: Oct. 18, 2018
Supporting University Content Specialists in Providing Effective Professional Development: The Educative Role of Evaluation
This study examines formative evaluation recommendations that the authors made to four different professional development (PD) projects over three years. The results of this study show that formative feedback can impact PD design and implementation. The results of this study suggest that evaluation efforts can take on a new purpose – the PD of professional developers. The authors argue that as evaluators, they interpreted what they know about PD from the research and acted as conduits of empirical findings to the PD project teams. Hence, their recommendations reflected their own knowledge and beliefs about PD, which, as active teacher education researchers, were well rooted in the PD research literature.
Updated: Oct. 11, 2018
This study aims to examine Turkish pre-service teachers’ experiences related to a two-month international teaching and cultural experience in United States. The findings revealed that pre-service teachers perceived the international teaching experience helped them develop professionally and personally.In this programme, the participants had a chance to observe student-centred teaching approaches and collaborative/cooperative learning strategies while observing their mentor teachers. Later, the participants were able to teach lessons that were observed by their mentors. The opportunity to practice in US helped the participants to improve their teaching confidence and skills during the internship.
Updated: Jul. 22, 2018
What’s the Technology For? Teacher Attention and Pedagogical Goals in a Modeling-Focused Professional Development Workshop
This study aims to explore pre-service teachers’ understandings of scientific modeling during a multi-day, technology-integrated professional development workshop. The authors conclude that such integration holds potential not only for teachers, who must implement such tools in the classroom. The authors also argue that teacher educators can use such technology to elicit and build upon pre- and in-service teachers’ preexisting knowledge and strengths.
Updated: Jul. 19, 2018
This article examines how novice teachers cope with their work. The authors compare the ability of novice and experienced teachers to cope with their work, and how this ability is affected by the level of collegial and superior support and collaboration offered. The findings reveal that that the novice teachers do not differ greatly from the experienced teachers. However, it was found that important differences exist between the experienced teachers and the novice teachers in terms of their ability to articulate their own needs and shortcomings.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2018
The present study explores teacher educators' talk about student learning (TASL) in community in order to understand its characteristics and functions for professional development of this distinct population. The findings revealed three genres of discourse: managing understanding, advisory talk, meta-analytic talk. The authors also found three functions: awareness of the connection between teaching and learning is one such function, promoting an inquiry stance, and developing awareness of teacher educators’ own learning.
Updated: Jul. 10, 2018
This article addresses a growing need to attend to the way teacher professional development (TPD) is enacted in today’s schools. The authors argue that that the physical presence of students is the missing variable in the majority of TPD efforts. In this article, they present a framework for administrators, teacher leaders, and teachers to either evaluate or initiate TPD in relation to levels of physical student presence.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2018