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In this article, the author argues that there is a lack of research into the role of the facilitator of discussions of video for professional development. A key purpose of this article is to expose aspects of the role of the facilitator of teacher learning, not reported in previous research in the use of video. Hence, the author documents research he undertook into the use of video as a tool for teacher learning. In analysing empirical data from one school, he suggests five key aspects or decision points in working with teachers on video: selecting a video clip, setting up the discussion norms, re-watching the video, moving to interpretation, and metacommenting. The author argues that having presented key aspects of the role of the facilitator of video use, a further look at the detail of the data from discussions serves to highlight some of the complexities involved in just one of the categories.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2014
Learning to Integrate New Technologies into Teaching and Learning through a Design-based Model of Professional Development
This article argues that in order for teachers to be prepared to use such technologies, the structure of teacher professional development (TPD) is critical. The Teaching Using Technology Studio was designed as a design-based professional development program for sixteen upper elementary teachers in California. This study addressed the following question: What is the impact of a design-based TPD model on teachers’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors regarding integration of technology into teaching and learning? Data analysis showed significant changes in teachers reported knowledge and integration of technology into teaching, an increase in technology literacy of teachers and students, and students’ use of technology for learning.
Updated: Jun. 23, 2014
This study was an exploration of the conceptions of inquiry science held by exemplary elementary teachers. The study explored the ideas, understandings, and the recommendations for teaching inquiry science of exemplary elementary teachers and the ways that they use inquiry science in their classrooms. The findings reveal that the six exemplary teachers held ideas about inquiry as ‘‘finding things out’’ and all described themselves as having been children who explored and experimented with the world around them. The teachers in this group all recommended that when encouraging other teachers to implement inquiry, they need to first recognize its importance, and certainly this will take involving teachers in authentic inquiry experiences as learners so that they will be able to begin to view themselves, as these focus group teachers did, as problem-solvers and experimenters.
Updated: May. 25, 2014
In this article, the authors focused on findings from qualitative research on the effects of action research by reporting two linked quantitative studies. The authors' first goal was to triangulate the findings from their quantitative inquiry with the results from qualitative studies in order to increase the generalizability of claims previously reported. Their second goal was to identify potential moderators of action research impact on teachers. The contribution of these two studies to the corpus of action research literature is twofold. First, the authors confirmed two important benefits of action research participation reported by qualitative researchers, improved teacher attitudes to educational research and increased self-efficacy. Second, they found moderators of the impact of action research that help identify conditions in which action research is particularly likely to benefit teachers.
Updated: Apr. 29, 2014
This article examined the properties of a new induction measure (Langdon Induction and Mentoring Survey [LIMS]) using quantitative and qualitative approaches. The sample included 273 participants: beginning teachers, school-appointed mentor teachers, classroom teachers, and school leaders from public schools in New Zealand. The authors argue that the LIMS serves to address the significant gap between the need and the availability of viable measures of induction and mentoring programmes for beginning teachers. The LIMS was found to be psychometrically sound for this sample. In addition, this analysis indicated that significant differences were found in perceptions of programme quality between the school leaders and teaching staff, with school leaders demonstrating the highest positive responses and the classroom teachers the lowest positive responses.
Updated: Apr. 02, 2014
The purpose of this study was to describe the use of service-learning (SL) by special education faculty at 4-year colleges and universities across the United States. This study also aimed to determine faculty attitudes and beliefs about the application of SL in special education. Results show that faculty represented a wide range of institutions and had varying levels of SL experience. There was variability in beliefs about and implementation of SL across faculty. Barriers to incorporating SL in courses and research were minimal.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
There is difficulty finding induction-level mentors that possess similar or the same teaching credentials or teaching assignments as mentees in the same schools or geographical regions, due to the various skill-levels of beginning special education teachers in schools and the small number of current special educators in each school who could serve as mentors. This article presents the findings from research using a mixed methods design investigating novice special education teacher knowledge of professional competencies and the participant’s perceptions of effectiveness of induction-level mentoring through the pilot use of an electronic mentoring program.
Updated: Mar. 18, 2014
Purposeful Preparation: Longitudinally Exploring Inclusion Attitudes of General and Special Education Pre-Service Teachers
This longitudinal study explored elementary and special education pre-service teachers’ perceptions of inclusion as they partnered for a classroom management course and a field placement in K-5 classrooms. The findings indicate statistically significant changes in the elementary pre-service teachers, but no change in the special education pre-service teachers.
Updated: Mar. 05, 2014
The purpose of this study is to disclose the types and content of dilemmas teacher educators in Turkey faced with as well as the strategies they used to cope with them. Additionally, the findings were compared with datasets from Israel and The Netherlands in order to make cross-cultural comparisons. The findings indicate that teacher educators are concerned with improving their pedagogy and professionalism in teaching for teaching, with a prime concern for being an initiator of learning. The comparison of the findings reveals that the theory–practice-related dilemmas are among the most prominent across contexts. Furthermore, the comparison's findings reveal that while Israeli and Dutch educators express a preference for the involvement of their students as a strategy to cope with their dilemmas, Turkish educators seem to be coping with them either on their own or by seeking advice from their colleagues.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2014
This article uses previous research on beginning English teachers’ major concerns to frame the exploration of concerns faced by four beginning teachers. This article seeks to expand on that research by examining the concerns faced by four beginning teachers and considering the implications of those concerns for teacher preparation. The author concludes that in addition to those identified by the previous research, the four beginning teachers in this study dealt with adjusting to the teaching profession, accepting their students, and managing their emotions.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2014