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The purpose of this study was to investigate student interns’ perceptions of the e-portfolio process and what they learned as a result of this practice. The researchers gathered in-depth information from 224 students, who were required to create e-portfolios for their academic program during their final semester of the 2008–2009 academic year. Several themes emerged from this study: increased scope, timing, alignment with standards, guidance, opportunities to document growth, organize work according to standards, and type and frequency of feedback provided by faculty and other key personnel to students developing e-portfolios.
Updated: Aug. 02, 2015
This study investigated the current practices and training needs of early childhood professionals in conducting assessment with young children with and at-risk of disabilities. The findings reveal that the participants reported that they used a wide range of standardized tools and nonstandardized methods to assess children’s development in the developmental domains. Three of the top five tools most frequently used by professionals to assess children’s skills are curriculum-based assessment methods that are developmentally based and that take into consideration the child’s experiences and background. The authors recommend that preservice teacher preparation programs must include numerous targeted field assignments. Furthermore, preservice teachers must receive instruction in how to use a few of the most commonly used tools and assessment methods.
Updated: Jul. 27, 2015
Searching High and Searching Low, Searching East and Searching West: Looking For Trust in Teacher Education
This article reviewed 10 papers. These papers demonstrated that those associated with teacher education, from the policy, research and practice arenas, are currently searching to ensure that the teachers who graduate from an increasing array of programmes, have the skills, attitudes and dispositions to support high levels of student achievement in schools. Several key issues that have emerged from the reviewed articles. The first issue is whether teaching is a craft or a profession. The issue whether the role of teacher is a profession or a craft has implications on how teacher educators view themselves, as practitioners or researchers. Finally, this review describes the lack of trust being shown by politicians and communities in number of countries to both teachers and teacher educators.
Updated: Mar. 25, 2014
This article attempts to characterize what an ‘internationalized’ institution might look like, and what support might be required to achieve the personal and professional transitions within its communities that are necessary to achieve the transformative agenda. Transformative internationalization characterizes institutions where international concerns have become explicitly embedded into routine ways of thinking and doing, in policy and management, staff and student recruitment, curriculum and programs. The author concludes that internationalization can serve as the focus for a transformative agenda in HE. A responsible internationalization strategy will incorporate innovative approaches to curriculum development, student support mechanisms and academic development initiatives.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2014
Beyond Induction: The Continuing Professional Development Needs of Early-Career Teachers in Scotland
This article describes a research project which explored the CPD needs and priorities of early-career teachers and the barriers to their participation in Scotland. The project employed a three-staged methodology: nominal group technique interviews with teachers in four local authorities; a national online survey; and a stakeholder consultation exercise. The analysis of data led to the development of six strategic recommendations. These recommendations related to issues such as the different needs and work in different contexts of year two to six teachers, the responsibility of local authorities and schools to support year two to six teachers, ect'.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2013
Examining Data Driven Decision Making via Formative Assessment: A Confluence of Technology, Data Interpretation Heuristics and Curricular Policy
The authors explored the potential barriers for the successful adoption of the CaseMate system, a tool created to support data driven decision making (DDDM). The participants in this usability study were 42 preservice students in a masters program for teaching. The findings illustrate the barriers to implementing DDDM in actual classroom practice: a confluence of curriculum structure and policy as well as technology and teacher heuristics that result in variations in data interpretation.
Updated: Jul. 31, 2013
The (Failed) Case of the Winston Society Wikispace: The Challenges and Opportunities of Web 2.0 and Teacher Education
In this article, the authors examine the case of the Winston Society. The authors argue that the participants saw the technological demands of the Winston Society as less threatening than participating in social practices that emphasized more participatory and collaborative knowledge-making, distributed expertise, and less published and individuated kinds of authorship. The authors claim that the data pointed to at least three alternative directions for the use of new literacies in teacher education: teachers’ discomfort with digital epistemologies, the potential of online affinity spaces and of networking social media to mediate teachers’ professional development.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2013
The author explores how Black faculty mentors make meaning of their engagement with Black undergraduates at an elite US university, while also discussing impediments to establishing mutually beneficial relationships between faculty and undergraduates. The findings suggest that Black faculty at an elite research-intensive institution approached the role of mentor to Black undergraduates in different ways, according to faculty rank, age and gender. The author concludes that even under the constraints of the current system of promotion and tenure, deans and senior faculty can demonstrate the importance of mentoring undergraduate students.
Updated: May. 06, 2013
Literature Review on Induction and Mentoring Related to Early Career Teacher Attrition and Retention
This literature review focuses on mentoring and induction programs as a solution to what is defined as the problem of early career teacher attrition and retention. The authors found multiple differences in both induction and mentoring programs around issues such as who offers them, the length of time for which they are offered, whether they are government mandated, whether mentors receive further education for the role, how mentors and mentees are matched and so on. The authors also found that principals were seen to have a pivotal role to play in the success of early career induction programs.
Updated: Apr. 21, 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine the schooling experiences of five Black college reentry mothers. This study also aimed to explicate the ways in which the participants theorize and make meaning of the complexities of their lives, particularly in regard to the intersections of race, college reentry, and motherhood. The findings reveal that the participants believed their college reentry served as counterpoint to the three stereotypes about Black mothers discussed in this article: the mammy, the matriarch, and the welfare mother/welfare queen.
Updated: Feb. 26, 2013