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Measuring Teachers’ and Student Teachers’ Perceptions of Practice-Based Research in PDS and Non-PDS Settings
This study investigated the perceptions of experienced teachers and student teachers in Netherlands with respect to different aspects of practice-based research in professional development schools (PDS) and non-PDS settings and to what degree these perceptions differed. The respondents were asked about their perceptions of several distinguished elements associated with the four main concepts of practice-based research: contextual input, personal input, the research process and the learning outcomes. The findings revealed that the Questionnaire on Teacher Research to be a useful, reliable and valid tool for assessing teachers’ and student teachers’ perceptions of their practice-based research efforts in secondary education schools. Furthermore, it appeared that respondents scored, on average, highest with respect to their research motives and the outcomes of practice-based research.
Updated: Feb. 25, 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
Student Teachers’ Perceptions of Reading and the Teaching of Reading: The Implications for Teacher Education
This article reports on findings form a study which, identified perceptions of reading and the teaching of reading held by trainee teachers. The study also identified the impact on the author's provision as a teacher educator. It found that students’ past and present experiences of learning to read and being a reader influenced their perceptions of what reading is and of what it means to teach reading. As a teacher educator, the author is not able to give students long experience of seeing children becoming readers. However, she is able to give them richer experiences of reading in personally and culturally relevant contexts.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2015
This paper explores pre-service and in-service science teachers’ perceptions on active learning. The paper also examines the effectiveness of active learning by pre-service science teachers in the Irish second level classroom through a two-phase study. The test results show a significant difference between traditional teaching and active learning. However, overall analysis indicates that the majority of teachers in the study were not convinced of the value of this way of teaching.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015
Teacher Educators' Perspectives on the Implementation of Beginning Teacher Standards for Physical Education in Ireland: Developing and Regulating the Profession?
The current study examined teacher educators' perspectives on how the Beginning Teacher Standards for Physical Education could be implemented. This study also considered the possible impact on the profession within the discourses of power. Participants suggested that the teaching standards could serve as a developmental tool to guide individual teacher education programmes and beginning teachers as well as an assessment function to support quality assurance and to hold programmes accountable.
Updated: Jan. 14, 2015
Beginning Teachers’ Experience of the Workplace Learning Environment in Alternative Teacher Certification Programs: A Mixed Methods Approach
This paper discusses to what extent students of teaching in early entry teacher education programs experience their work environment as a stimulating learning environment. The results indicate that in most schools opportunities for learning are incidental and not in the form of labour. Student teachers are not gently introduced into the practice of teaching, gradually taking more responsibilities and becoming experts. Besides, the core of the practices for teachers is enacted in classrooms where student teachers are left to their own devices. However, autonomy is highly valued but double-edged: a source of motivation and isolation. Furthermore, when knowledge exchange, reflection and problem solving occur, they have little prospect of improving student teachers’ conceptual knowledge and deep understanding.
Updated: Jan. 06, 2015
Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions of the Internet and Online Courses: The Case of an American Pacific Island University
This paper reports the results of a questionnaire-based survey, which examined how pre-service teachers perceive online education. The questionnaire focused on the degree to which teacher candidates consider the Internet useful for coursework, and their level of preparedness for taking online courses. The results may support the University’s commitment to ensure that teacher education prepares its pre-service teachers to apply and integrate technology in their own future teaching.
Updated: Dec. 23, 2014
This article has tried to describe the general perceptions of student teachers regarding four major dimensions of their teaching practice: (i) learning and supervision; (ii) professional and institutional socialisation; (iii) emotional and physical impact; and (iv) career aspects. The findings reveal that the participants perceive teaching practice is perceived as a particularly stressful and demanding period, which involves considerable amounts of distress, changes in psycho-physiological patterns and an increasing sense of weariness and ‘vulnerability’. Despite these difficulties, data also reveal student teachers’ positive perceptions regarding their growing knowledge and skilfulness, their increasing sense of efficacy, flexibility and spontaneity in their performance and interactions, as well as the awareness of having achieved reasonable levels of acceptance and recognition amongst the school community.
Updated: Nov. 18, 2014
This study explored how Finnish university-based subject teacher educators perceive their professional identity as a small group within a larger social context and with a mixed background. The results show that the identities of the subject teacher educators studied here are reconstructed over time, from a subject teacher identity to the identity of a subject teacher educator as an educationalist. However, the subject teacher educators were perceived as educationalists or subject representatives depending on the institutional context. Although the present results indicate that the Finnish subject teacher educators experienced teaching as a central part of their duties, they saw the benefit of engaging in research.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2014
The Role of the Prepracticum in Lessening Student Teacher Stress: Student Teachers’ Perceptions of Stress During Practicum
This study examines student teacher’s perceptions of the causes and levels of stress during the student teaching practicum for students in the Concurrent Bachelor of Education Program at Laurentian University. The findings reveal that the students indicated a moderate to low level of stress during their practicums. Lesson planning was identified as the greatest cause of stress for student teachers because of its time-consuming nature. The author argues that the prepracticum experiences of these student teachers may have lessened the stress levels reported during the practicum.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2014