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In this article, the authors will introduce the notion of selection pressures and its impact on an evolutionary process, illustrating how special education teacher education has changed or evolved. They discuss these changes in the context of the 21st century and contextualize this explanation by representing special education teacher education as an avatar, thereby borrowing from the virtual world. They borrow concepts from natural science and the virtual world to help promote a new understanding of the nature of special education teacher education.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2015
This article reveals how the art device of trompe l’oeil provided a way of thinking about the induction and mentoring experiences of beginning teachers. Both the trompe l’oeil art device and the theoretical lens illuminated the reframing of the participants’ initial understandings of mentor relationships to gain a different perspective on their early professional lives.
Updated: Jul. 07, 2015
Maximizing ESY Services: Teaching Pre-Service Teachers to Assess Communication Skills and Implement Picture Exchange With Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities
In this article, the authors supervised and trained pre-service teachers while conducting extended school year (ESY) services for pre-kindergarten and elementary students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD). One intervention, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS™), was taught to three pre-service teachers and staff who implemented PECS™ with four students who lacked functional communication skills.
Updated: Jul. 05, 2015
This research addressed the question: What aspects of teacher candidates’ practice do we pay attention to when we are judging their readiness to teach? The findings suggest that there is broad agreement amongst the judges as to what the cues are in judging readiness to teach, that comparable weight is given to these cues and that judges use more than one type and source of evidence when making their decisions. The judges see multiple aspects of a teacher candidate’s performance as relevant to their decisions. The findings show that these participants were thoughtful and careful about how they made their decisions, used a range of evidence sources and types to back up their choices and could articulate what they thought was most important in teacher candidates’ performance.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2015
This study addresses research questions regarding how mentors perceive their role, what preparation they receive to serve as effective mentors, and what are their professional needs. The study illuminates essential aspects of the mentors’ role perception and the impact of mentoring education on the professional identity of mentors. The implications are that low involvement in PD workshops could be linked to the uncertainty in mentors’ own self-perception as mentors.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2015
Three research instruments were designed to explore how mentors judge readiness to teach during final practicum placements. This article describes the three instruments. It discusses how the three tasks worked as ways to understand how people judge readiness to teach and as ways to develop mentors’ judgement making.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2015
This article examines how primary school mentor teachers made their decisions regarding teacher candidates' practicum performance. The mentor teachers’ explanations for their decisions gave the authors access to their ‘cue utiltisation validities’ - how they used the cues they identified. Within the participant group some appeared to emphasise personal attribute dimensions, other professional practice dimensions; for others it was difficult to determine a preference. There was, however, evidence that the mentors did not emphasise one thing to the exclusion of the other cues with weaker cues being used to moderate their decisions. Overall, the judgment-making in this study was considered, careful and reasoned e and widely variable. There was also some evidence of internal dissensus for individual mentors, leading to confusion around assessment of TC practice.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2015
Developing Professional Identities through Participation Within a Hybrid Community of Practice: Illustrating the Front-Line Experiences of Four Pre-K Mentor–Teachers
The purpose of this article is to describe a case study explored how a hybrid community of practice comprised of four pre-K mentors and a university program coordinator supported the development of new understandings about how to effectively supervise preservice teachers. The mentor discovered that participating in a community of practice contributed to changes in their thinking not only about their current mentoring situations, but also about guiding novice teachers as a professional calling. Furthermore, they began this study with preconceived notions of what it meant to be mentors that were somewhat black and white. However, they left feeling overwhelmed by the knowledge that mentoring is a complex act characterized by dual responsibilities of being teacher educators and early childhood teachers.
Updated: Mar. 15, 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
Feedback Consistencies and Inconsistencies: Eight Mentors’ Observations on One Preservice Teacher’s Lesson
The purpose of this case study was to examine the providing oral feedback in a simulated mentor–mentee discussion. Findings showed that mentors’ feedback was variable in both their positive feedback and constructive criticisms and, in one case, the feedback was contrasting in nature.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015