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The authors engage in a collaborative inquiry illustrative of a dialogical process of meaning making addressing the future of teacher education in times marked by uncertainty, intense public and political scrutiny, changing policy, and imposed learning standards. They urge teacher education programs and teacher educators to reclaim their crucial role in driving education discourses rather than submitting to mandates based on flawed ideological assumptions about teaching, learning, children, and communities. By critiquing and problematizing minimalist and flawed assumptions driving education policy, teacher education programs can shift the focus back to advocating for what is relevant and meaningful to the communities they serve.
Updated: Sep. 01, 2015
Teachers’ Implicit Theories of Intelligence: Influences from Different Disciplines and Scientific Theories
This study aimed to investigate if teachers within different disciplines hold different beliefs about implicit theories of intelligence and secondly to provide a better understanding of the scientific theories of intelligence in relation to the implicit. The authors also investigated if preferences for implicit theories of intelligence have anything to do with age or experience among teachers. The findings revealed that teachers from language, social science and practical disciplines had a significant preference for an incremental theory of intelligence compared to an entity theory of intelligence whilst the teachers in mathematics did not. The results from this study also show that (1) older and more experienced teachers and (2) younger and less experienced teachers had a stronger preference toward entity theories of intelligence.
Updated: Jul. 28, 2015
Does Classroom Management Coursework Influence Pre-service Teachers’ Perceived Preparedness or Confidence?
This study explores the preparedness in managing specific problem behaviours, familiarity, and confidence in using management strategies and models of final-year pre-service teachers in Australia. The findings reveal that the completion of mandatory, or a combination of mandatory and elective classroom behaviour management units, was associated with higher feelings of preparedness for all categories of problematic behaviours. Furthermore, pre-service teachers indicated they were familiar with a broad range of options for managing student misbehaviour from their coursework preparation.
Updated: Jul. 28, 2015
This study aimed to investigate Beijing inservice teachers’ self-efficacy for inclusive education as well as the relationship between their self-efficacy, demographic variables and attitudes towards inclusive education. The results reveal that the Teacher Efficacy for Inclusive Practices (TEIP) scale can be divided into three sub-scales - efficacy in using inclusive instructions, efficacy in collaboration, and efficacy in managing behaviour - and therefore provides additional support to the validity of the instrument. The complete TEIP scale and its sub-scales had good reliability, and the data fit adequately the anticipated three factor solution.
Updated: Jul. 20, 2015
Teacher Research in Dutch Professional Development Schools: Perceptions of the Actual and Preferred Situation in terms of the Context, Process and Outcomes of Research
The aim of this study is to provide deeper insight into the realisation of teacher research in professional development schools in the Netherlands. Participants of these schools were asked for their perceptions of the actual and preferred situation concerning teacher research in terms of the context, processes and outcomes of practice-based research activities by teachers-as-researchers. The authors can conclude that a large difference between the actual and preferred situation was noticeable. Additionally, pupil learning and outcomes seemed not to be a central focal area of the participants at this moment. Finally, the results suggest that in Dutch professional development schools increased attention is needed both by researchers and practitioners on the process and outcome dimensions of doing teacher research.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2015
In this article, the authors analyzed the experiences of a cohort of predominantly White pre-service social studies teachers discussing race and Whiteness in relation to education. The authors highlighted three tensions for teacher educators to consider when engaging pre-service teachers in discussions about race privilege, including recognizing the unfamiliar nature of structural thinking, appreciating the limitations of personal experience, and acknowledging the challenges of structural considerations within individual classrooms.
Updated: Jul. 07, 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
Inclusion Seen by Student Teachers in Special Education: Differences among Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Students
This paper describes various views of special teacher students towards inclusion. The specific aims were to see how these views can be seen as supportive or challenging for inclusion in schools. The results show that students in similar Nordic countries have different views about inclusion. Norwegian students mostly supported inclusion while the special teachers in Finland and in Sweden have more reservations. To sum up, Scandinavian countries are similar yet different. Teacher education needs to be a place to explore inclusion critically as well as a place to prepare for it.
Updated: Jul. 07, 2015
This study considered early career teacher attrition as an identity making process that involves a complex negotiation between individual and contextual factors. The seven themes, developed inductively, were: (1) support; (2) an identity thread of belonging; (3) tensions around contracts; (4) new teachers will do anything; (5) balancing composing a life: Working hours; (6) the struggle to not allow teaching to consume them; and (7) can I keep doing this? Is this teaching?
Updated: Jul. 05, 2015
Teachers' In-service Training is only the Beginning of A Road: Personal and Organizational Contexts of Teachers' Continuous Professional Development
The article describes a study that explores how teachers participating in PD courses perceive the qualities and benefits of such courses, and the variables that affect these perceptions. A secondary goal of the study was to determine whether it is possible to differentiate between variables inherent in the manner in which the courses are conducted and other variables. The study findings validate the strong connection between two key compounded variables affecting outcomes of PD programs: teachers' professional and personal motivation towards the program and the relevancy of the program contents to their needs. Motivation is further enhanced through the trainee's participation in the program, thereby constituting a major leverage for reaching the PD goals and achieving beneficial outcomes.
Updated: Jun. 28, 2015