Search results for: Teacher beliefs
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The goal of this study was to examine how pre-service teachers with learning disabilities (LD) perceive their professional training during their first years of Teacher College and whether perception will change during the course of the first term of their undergraduate studies. The findings reveal that the pre-service teachers with learning disabilities had unique perceptions and needs as well as common perceptions of pre-service teachers during their training practice.
Updated: Oct. 10, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a multicultural education course and its efforts to provide pre-service teachers with knowledge about and experience with issues related to diversity and multicultural education. In particular, this study sought to compare pre-service teachers’ entry and exit point knowledge in a multicultural education course. The findings suggest that pre-service teachers’ understanding of issues related to multicultural education increased significantly after taking a course in multicultural education.The data provide evidence that these pre-service teachers’ beliefs about their preparedness to teach minority students had evolved. They felt more confident, enthusiastic and optimistic about teaching children from diverse backgrounds after taking this multicultural education course.
Updated: Apr. 18, 2016
Promoting Teacher Learning Through Learning Study Discourse: The Case of Science Teachers in Singapore
This study aimed to explore the influence of Singapore teachers’ beliefs on enacting new curricular content. Furthermore, as an attempt to address the gap in learning study literature, the authors also wanted to explore how the teachers’ beliefs changed and in turn prepared them to deal with new curricular initiatives. The outcome of the analysis resulted in capturing three ways the participating teachers experienced their own learning: (1) increased degrees of student-centered pedagogy and challenges to teachers’ prior assumptions about science pedagogy; (2) increased awareness of possibilities and limitations of their beliefs about science pedagogy; and (3) emergence of new understandings about new curricular content and science pedagogy.
Updated: Apr. 05, 2016
In this article, the authors examined teachers' beliefs and actions concerning the teaching of the seminar course in colleges of education in Israel. As regards the students, they examined self-efficacy, knowledge of the writing process, and the contribution of the seminar course to their writing product. The findings show the lack of a unified method of teaching the seminar course. Analysis of teachers' statements revealed six different perceptions concerning the purpose of the course. However, the common belief of most teachers stated that the seminar work affords an opportunity to combine theory and practice in the field. Results also show strong teacher involvement in the pre-writing stage, for instance, in generating ideas and motivating students to explore and write evidenced-based papers. Most teachers favor creative and reflective thinking at the expense of academic writing conventions.
Updated: Mar. 08, 2016
Teacher Enactment Patterns: How Can We Help Move All Teachers to Reform-Based Inquiry Practice Through Professional Development?
This study aimed to examine high school teachers’ beliefs about inquiry instruction and determine how their beliefs influenced their use of inquiry after a professional development program. The authors used Windschitl’s (2002) Constructivist Dilemmas framework as a framework to understand the teachers’ enactments. The authors found that the teachers were placed into four enactment categories: Integrated, Emerging, Laboratory-based, and Activity-focused.
Updated: Dec. 14, 2015
The authors wanted to examine if participating as a cohort in an early childhood graduate program could facilitate the exploration, analysis, and reconstruction of teachers’ beliefs and practices of five teachers. The findings revealed that the participants continue their professional journey by attending workshops and seminars that focus on developmentally appropriate practices. Although the authors acted as facilitators in the early childhood graduate program, the participants created their own community of practice that continues to serve as a support system in which deep reflection and application occur. The authors suggest that the process undertaken by these early childhood teachers is a model that can be emulated by other practicing teachers. There are several recommendations that might facilitate this process.
Updated: Nov. 03, 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
Relationships of New Teachers’ Beliefs and Instructional Practices: Comparisons Across Four Countries
This study investigates the relationship between new teachers' beliefs about instruction and teaching practices. It also discusses some possible reasons for the relationships between teacher beliefs and teacher practices within national and international contexts. To examine the relationships between new teachers’ beliefs and their instructional practices, the authors selected new teachers in four OECD countries including Hungary, Korea, Norway, and Turkey. The findings showed that the instructional practices of new teachers from the four selected countries were neither consistent nor aligned with their beliefs about instruction. One of the reasons for this result may be that new teachers’ self-reported instructional practices might differ significantly from their actual performance.
Updated: May. 05, 2015
Beliefs about Teaching: Persistent or Malleable? A Longitudinal Study of Prospective Student Teachers’ Beliefs
This study explored the change in university students’ beliefs about the role of teachers. The findings reveal that the most commonly-used metaphor type was the teacher as pedagogue, reflecting the idea of the teacher as a nurturer. The students showed tendencies in their preferences for forms of expertise in the teacher’s knowledge-base measure similar to the categorisation of their metaphors. Another interesting trend is the relatively high emphasis on didactics on the knowledge-base measure by the users of self-referential and contextual metaphors in both years. Furthermore, beliefs as measured on the knowledge-base instrument tended to remain unchanged. Metaphor categorisation may be more vulnerable to subjective interpretation.
Updated: Apr. 13, 2015
Modeling as Moral Education: Documenting, Analyzing, and Addressing a Central Belief of Preservice Teachers
This study aims to describe the beliefs of preservice teachers regarding the moral work of teaching. The results reveal that the vast majority of participants expressed the belief that we can indeed teach children to be good. Furthermore, modeling as means of moral education is found to be a dominant theme in the data. Among the discussions of modeling, several sub-themes about the nature of modeling and its role in teaching are reported.
Updated: Feb. 25, 2015