Search results for: Student attitudes
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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
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
Collaboration or confrontation? An Investigation into the Role of Prior Experiences in the Completion of Collaborative Group Tasks by Student Teachers
The purpose of this research was to examine students’ views on the value of their own and others’ prior experiences in the performance and completion of the tasks. They were also asked about how prior experiences might affect the dynamic of the groups they worked in and what improvements might make the tasks more effective. The findings revealed that prior experiences, particularly those related to practical skills, were valued by the students as contributory factors to the successful completion of collaborative tasks. Furthermore, some of the students’ prior experiences led them to take a less active role in the tasks, while others led students to appear highly opinionated. The students were in agreement that there was a need for mutual respect and acceptance of others’ ideas in order to make the groups work effectively.
Updated: Jul. 06, 2015
Popular Visual Images and the (Mis)Reading of Black Male Youth: A Case for Racial Literacy in Urban Preservice Teacher Education
The authors argue for the development of racial literacy in preservice teacher education programs as a pedagogical method to mitigate the misreading of Black male students in teacher candidates’ fieldwork experiences and subsequently in their future classrooms. Their argument operates from the premise that in a time when diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion are more widely recognized than ever before, the notion of race, and popular education films that depict race, still influence how teacher candidates view Black male students, and race remains a predictor for how these students experience school.
Updated: Jul. 05, 2015
The purpose of this study was to develop an understanding of the process that preservice teachers use to select activities for a week-long summer science camp for upper elementary students, their rationale for choosing them, and their perception of implementation. The findings revealed that counselors developed lessons for the students based on their own goal orientation, which was to avoid science content because it was boring. Additionally, the counselors began to depend upon variable manipulation activities, where the camper used trial and error to solve a problem to avoid the possibility of students asking questions they couldn’t answer. The results of this study highlight the critical role teacher preparation programs play in developing content specific pedagogy and student outcomes from the learning environment.
Updated: Jul. 01, 2015
Exploring the Role of Field Experience Context in Preservice Teachers’ Development as Mathematics Educators
The purpose of this article is twofold: (1) to describe two mathematics field experiences which varied greatly in their context, and (2) to examine the influence of these field experiences on preservice teachers’ perspectives and development as educators in general and as mathematics educators specifically. The participants were 33 preservice teachers seeking their initial teaching certification: . Sixteen math camp field experience participants and The 17 traditional field experience participants. The findings suggest that the context of the traditional field experience did not provide the preservice teachers with the same level of support for the development of their mathematics knowledge and skills as did the math camp field experience.
Updated: Jun. 21, 2015
This study addresses the struggles White preservice English teachers’ experience in making sense of unfamiliar ethnicities in narrative forms and how this frustration might be mediated. Findings reveal a keen interest in understanding and engaging with multicultural literature among participants coupled with a persistent hesitation to include it and related conversations of race in their instruction. Participants opened themselves to learning more about others but struggled to implicate themselves in the transfer of new knowledge to teaching practice.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2015
The purpose of this study is to examine how different projects influence students’ understanding of service learning. The study revealed that different service learning experiences in three different projects provided preservice teachers with different leaning opportunities and became an important facilitator of their conceptualization of service learning. The projects placed the priority on students’ evaluations of real community needs and social problems. However, project goals have a potential to limit student thinking about community needs and social problems.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2015
Understanding Outcome-based Education Changes in Teacher Education: Evaluation of A New Instrument with Preliminary Findings
This paper reports findings from the first phase of an outcome-based innovation within one higher education institute in Hong Kong. Specifically, this research seeks to: (1) confirm the properties of a survey instrument designed specifically to explore an outcomes model of course implementation; (2) report preliminary findings regarding students’ course perceptions. The SEOBLS version 1 survey was administered simultaneously across all three groups, at the end of the course. In response to the first intention of confirming the properties of the instrument, the two statistical analyses identified strengths and improvement needs for the SEOBLS questionnaire itself. Furthermore, it was found that for these students, their experience in the OBE course was not a radical departure from a “regular” course.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2015
The authors examine pre-service teachers’ theoretical learning during one five-week training module, and their educators’ learning about better lecture design to foster student learning. The findings indicated learning differences between groups; qualitative analysis identified three categories of student answers, i.e. emergent, premature and unaware, regarding their theoretical understanding.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2015