Search results for: Teacher competencies
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Just Add Hours? An Assessment of Pre-service Teachers’ Perception of the Value of Professional Experience in Attaining Teacher Competencies
In this study, the researchers compared pre-service teachers’ perceptions of their professional competencies at two campuses of a large regional teacher education university. Students who had experienced more hours in schools and such settings were more positive about their, ability to apply their knowledge of students and how they learn, classroom management, professional knowledge and practice, and community engagement; however, when students felt well supported during professional experience, such differences diminished. Additional hours were not associated with pre-service teachers’ perceptions of their ability to apply subject content and teaching; plan, assess and report; and effective student communication.
Updated: Jul. 09, 2017
The aim of this study is to investigate how the students’ intercultural competence develops during a three-month practicum placement in Namibia. The authors present findings from a study of Norwegian student teachers before, during and after their international practicum.
Updated: May. 14, 2017
The ABC of Motivation in Teacher Education: Supporting Psychological Needs and Developing Autonomous Motivation for Teaching among Pre-service Teachers
This article points the need to address the issue of pre-service teachers’ motivation from their first year of study. It is important to preserve the positive autonomous motivation to engage in the teaching profession, but also to create the conditions to facilitate internalization processes of the teaching profession, so that the extrinsic motivations typifying some pre-service teachers become autonomous. Self-Determination Theory (SDT) and its educational implications can serve as a platform to lead such processes in teacher education institutions. According to SDT, people have three innate and universal psychological needs, i.e., Autonomy, Belongingness and Competence, which are the ABC of quality motivation. Fulfillment of these needs contributes to students’ optimal development, functioning, and wellbeing.
Updated: Apr. 26, 2017
In this article, the authors explore the level, variation, and change in teacher knowledge and instruction in the first two years of teaching, the relationship between Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT) and more distal measures such as certification. The findings reveal that many beginning math teachers had neither a degree in math nor substantial coursework in math. The authors also found that beginning teachers in this study generally had low levels of knowledge (as measured by the MKT), a balanced approach to cognitive demands, low levels of discussion quality, and substantial across-teacher variation in topic coverage. Furthermore, this study provides empirical evidence documenting that in their first two years of teaching, middle school math teachers improved in their math knowledge and improved on some but not all measures of instructional quality.
Updated: Apr. 05, 2017
In this study, the author sought to contribute to the scholarly discourse of understanding how North American elementary pre-service teachers experienced evaluation via teacher performance assessments. Through extensive interviews and thematic data analysis, this study generally supported the contention that the process of completing edTPA deepened student teachers’ understanding of their educational experience in a number of domains, which in turn suggested a broader awareness and appreciation of the complexities of learning to teach.
Updated: Feb. 28, 2017
Special Education Teachers’ Experiences Supporting and Supervising Paraeducators: Implications for Special and General Education Settings
The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of current practices in paraeducator supervision. From the interviews, three themes emerged: creating effective teams, ensuring appropriate training and evaluation, and recommendations for the field. Practices for paraeducators working with students with low incidence disabilities in general education settings are noted in the first two themes.
Updated: Jan. 30, 2017
This article explores some of the key issues that emerged in the revision of the professional standards in Scottish education which resulted in a suite of professional standards covering different stages of a teacher’s career. The revision of the professional standards was part of a wider project to build teacher professional learning in ways that had an impact on practice and on pupil learning. The focus then turns to an alternative way of constructing a professional standard in order to foster authentic forms of professional learning. The article concludes by exploring the issues that need to be addressed to facilitate the productive use of professional standards in the career-long professional learning of teachers.
Updated: Dec. 19, 2016
This article presents an evaluation study of an innovative and theory-based initial teacher education course entitled Learning Study, the aim of which is to develop the instructional design and teaching competency of pre-service teachers in Hong Kong. The Learning Study course is offered to all second year students as part of the Bachelor of Education programme of the biggest teacher education institute in Hong Kong. The course comprises a series of theory-based tutorials, supportive consultation meetings, and a research lesson practicum. To assess the effectiveness of the course, a framework of representation, decomposition, and approximation of practices was adopted to describe and analyse the teaching of practice.
Updated: Dec. 05, 2016
The Preparation of Highly Motivated and Professionally Competent Teachers in Initial Teacher Education
This study examines the relationship between different types of teaching motivation and (1) various facets of professional competence and (2) planned engagement in future teaching. The findings show the positive association between ‘intrinsic–altruistic motivation constellation’ and selected facets of professional competence. Two major professional orientations of the ‘intrinsic–altruistic motivation constellation’ were identified: (1) student-centred orientation and (2) subject-centred orientation.
Updated: Jul. 18, 2016
Getting a Grip on the Classroom: From Psychological to Phenomenological Curriculum Development in Teacher Education Programs
Using a phenomenological lens, the authors argue that this approach to teacher education is flawed in two respects: (1) the intellectualist approach misses prepropositional forms of meaningful coping and dealing with an environment that define everyday teaching and (2) does not adequately describe what constitutes “excellence.” In conclusion, they suggest teacher education curricula shift from promoting teaching as critical self-reflection to promoting tactful coping.
Updated: May. 04, 2016