Search results for: Self study
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Creating Spaces for Reflection on Learning to Teach a Foreign Language through Open Journals: A Canadian-Dutch self-study
This collaborative self-study examines the notion of writing reflectively in teacher education, and documents how student teachers in Canada and the Netherlands respond to their teacher educators’ reflective journals. The authors conclude that participating in such a study helped them to: engender a sense of teaching about teaching that goes beyond the simple delivery of ideas, information and theories about teaching and helps to create a bridge into the world of learning through experience.
Updated: Jul. 06, 2016
PDS Collaboration as Third Space: An Analysis of the Quality of Learning Experiences in a PDS Partnership
This paper aims to documenting self-study processes and findings of a collaborative research group that examined a professional development school (PDS) partnership. This study revealed the complexity of the PDS relationship and the tensions and dilemmas associated with it. It revealed that experiential disparity existed within and among faculty and students in various PDS sites as a result of poor communication as well as divergent models of collaboration and philosophical goals between faculty and mentor teachers. Disparity in the learning experiences among the preservice teachers was attributed to the quality and scope of the partnership. This study helped the participants realize that they were engaged in an innovation and like all innovations, people struggle together naturally until a true solution to the problems is found.
Updated: Jun. 27, 2016
The study explores the educational potential embedded in the question-asking strategy as a key mentoring resource when used between an experienced teacher educator and a novice teacher for the professional development of both. The findings reveal that the process of a reflective dialog through asking questions led to deeper analysis by the mentor and novice and effected a change in the paradigm of the novice–mentor relationship. This self-study serves as an example of a teacher educator’s readiness to examine more closely her own mentoring style and its effects on the novice, and to better understand the contribution of a reflective dialog to the professional growth of both novice and mentor teacher.
Updated: Jun. 26, 2016
In this article, the authors examine how the extrapolation and examination of one critical incident in the process of conducting self-study research challenged their ethics as researchers and led them to new understanding and knowledge. Their focus is on the initial acknowledgment of what they considered to be an ethical dilemma as it had rattled their cage. The authors conclude that collecting data about critical incidents related to the ethical dilemmas that arise in conducting research is an important aspect of self-study research. Thus, they recommend that self-study researchers: (1) collect data about ethical dilemmas that arise during (and following) research; (2) explore and systematically analyze these dilemmas; and (3) work toward resolving these as an integral part of any self-study research.
Updated: Jun. 21, 2016
This article describes a school-based professional development project, which established collaboration between two teacher educators and a group of elementary public school teachers. This collaborative project was called “Book in a Bag” (BIB), which was launched this project as a way to promote curriculum integration in classrooms and at the same time to provide a venue for research. The authors used a self-study to collect data. The authors came to understand that the tensions they experienced in the BIB project were evidence of real differences between the discourses of teacher educators and teachers. The authors identified competing discourses of teachers, teacher educators, and partnership, noting paradoxes that focused on discourse-bound knowledge, discourse-driven motivation, and discourse-limited aspirations.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2013
This article reports a self-study of the experiences of a teacher educator who has developed and taught a university-based action research course. The author adopted self-study as the methodology, using qualitative data collection methods. The article describes three themes which emerged during the action research: 1) Teacher culture clashes with the research world, 2) Teachers’ assumptions about teaching and learning and 3) Action research, domesticated by traditional research.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2013
This paper outlines the process of the self-study research which the author undertook on her work as a teacher in a primary school on the west coast of Ireland. The article examines how, through reflection on and thinking critically about her work, the author gained new insight and understanding of her practice and developed a new epistemology of practice. The author concludes that in the research process, she developed a new understanding around her digital projects such that she can now perceive them as processes for developing spiritual and holistic approaches to learning and teaching.
Updated: Oct. 02, 2013
The authors explored how Inquiry Seminar did, and did not, align with program objectives. Inquiry Seminar was created by Lynch School of Education faculty at Boston College, and it requires teacher candidates (TCs) to complete a formal inquiry project. Conducted while student-teaching, the project requires candidates to research their teaching practice, identify areas of concern, and modify their teaching accordingly. The authors found that when Inquiry Seminar experiences complemented TCs’ field experience, program objectives were more often realized.
Updated: Apr. 28, 2013
The author sheds light on how a practitioner-researcher engaged in narrative writing and how this helped in what is hereby termed a reflective odyssey. More specifically, the main focus here is how the very act of writing when keeping a personal journal can act as a catalyst for ongoing reflective thought.
Updated: Apr. 28, 2013
This article explores how the changes in teacher education in Australia have influenced teacher educators' identity as a professional group. This paper is based on the observations and experiences of the author, who has been teacher educator for the past two decades. The author concludes that the challenge now is for teacher educators to raise their profile in the academy by positively addressing the endemic uncertainty of knowledge of practice through an explication of their pedagogy of teacher education.
Updated: Dec. 26, 2012