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This article is a report on contributions of a critical EFL teacher education course to teachers’ professional identity reconstruction. Three major shifts were observed in the participants' professional identities: from conformity to and romanticization of dominant ideologies to critical autonomy, from an instrumentalist orientation to a critical/transformative orientation of teaching, and from a linguistic and technical view to an educational view of English Language Teaching.
Updated: Mar. 09, 2015
From Evaluation to Collaborative Reflection: Teacher Candidate Perceptions of a Digital Learner-Centered Classroom Observation Form
The goal of this study was to gather teacher candidates’ perceptions of a form that incorporated self-reflection, collaborative reflection, and quality feedback. The faculty members at a Midwestern U.S. university piloted a new digital classroom observation form to promote a more learner-centered approach to supervision. Results indicated that while teacher candidates felt that the form took more time to complete, most felt it helped promote reflective practices, and supervisor feedback was viewed favorably.
Updated: Feb. 16, 2015
The purpose of this article is to assess the level of argument and content of student teachers’ reflective writings over the course of two semesters. The results showed that the mean argument levels of students’ reflective essays differed between the two consecutive semesters. The results indicated that it is important to encourage students to focus on the content of the justification, dialogue and transformative learning in their reflective essays.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2015
Promoting Deep Learning in a Teacher Education Programme through Self- and Peer-Assessment and Feedback
The current study examined the impact of a deeper approach to learning on pre-service teachers’ critical thinking and metacognitive skills. The study also examined the impact on student learning outcomes within a project based module with a significant design element. The findings reveal that the quality of students’ reflections through peer feedback and overall satisfaction with the module remained high despite students’ citing a preference for instructor feedback.
Updated: Jan. 11, 2015
Delving into the Meaning of Productive Reflection: A Study of Future Teachers’ Reflections on Representations of Teaching
The purpose of this study was to determine how productive future teachers were able to engage in reflections without instructor scaffolding when presented with animations of algebra instruction. The participants posted their reflections on an asynchronous, online discussion with no instructor scaffolding. The authors conclude that this study provides evidence that there are at least three dimensions to reflection: content, connectedness, and complexity. This study provides evidence that connectedness and complexity are not necessarily linked; one could be low while the other is high.
Updated: Jan. 07, 2015
In this article, the authors discuss the introduction of Wi-Fi-based e-portfolios into a Master of Teaching programme at an Australian university. They describe how the e-portfolios were perceived and used by pre-service teachers in the first year of their implementation, and indicate the challenges and limitations encountered.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2014
In this article, the authors present the idea of “walking around” culture. By “walking around” culture, they mean that teachers need to put feet to pavement and purposefully “walk around” the neighborhoods of their students, similar to ethnographic study. The authors describe how each of them has “walked around” culture ethnographically. As they describe their experiences, they write in their own voice. As they have analyzed their experiences, several common themes have emerged. They have combined these themes into five critical factors, which they have labeled as “key principles”: culture is communication, culture is personal, culture has boundaries, culture is perceived by those who stand outside the culture, and culture is defined by the people in that culture.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2014
Inclusive Education: Pre-service Teachers' Reflexive Learning on Diversity and Their Challenging Role
In this article, two teacher educators from Australian universities explored reflexive practices in preparing pre-service teachers for their complex teaching roles in the twenty-first century. Findings revealed that reflexive learning was a key mediating strategy in expanding the participants' consciousness. Participants engaged in confronting assumptions, raising awareness of diverse learning needs and critiquing social justice principles and equity issues.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2014
Multilingual Primary Classrooms: An Investigation of First Year Teachers’ Learning and Responsive Teaching
This research explores the perspectives of newly qualified primary teachers (NQTs) who worked in multilingual classrooms in their first year of teaching. The findings indicated that that NQTs were engaged in reflection on pupils’ needs and interests and then try to tailor provision to engage pupils in formative challenging activities. Twenty one NQTs believed that they had begun to develop responsive forms of teaching, aided by support from and collaboration with other colleagues, including teaching assistants, many bilingual.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2014
To evaluate the impact of the emergent national teacher performance assessment (TPA) on student teachers (STs), this study examined a pilot implementation at one university in Washington State during Spring 2011. The findings reveal that there are some potential benefits to the TPA that may positively affect student and teacher learning. The finding show that STs report greater levels of reflection enabling them to better focus on student thinking. Similarly, university supervisors see the TPA as an opportunity to shift the analysis of teaching episodes to the ST, thereby developing more complex pedagogical thinking in teacher candidates.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2014