Search results for: Education policies
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Feelings of Preparedness Among Alternatively Certified Teachers: What is the Role of Program Features?
This study examines the extent to which program features relate to new teacher feelings of preparedness. The final sample of approximately 1,690 1st-year teachers included the teachers who had pursued either the traditional route or the alternative route. The findings reveal that alternatively certified teachers are found to feel somewhat less well prepared than traditionally certified teachers. The results also show that 1st-year teachers who have fewer types of education coursework and shorter field experiences feel less well prepared than teachers whose pedagogical preparation is more complete.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2013
The Penetration of Technocratic Logic into the Educational Field: Rationalizing Schooling from the Progressives to the Present
This article compares three major movements demanding accountability in American education across: The efficiency reforms of the Progressive Era; The movement toward accountability in the late 1960s and early 1970s; and The modern standards and accountability movement, culminating in No Child Left Behind. This paper considers the three movements as cases of school “rationalization” in the Weberian sense in that each sought to reduce variation and discretion across schools in favor of increasingly formal systems of standardized top-down control.
Updated: Jul. 03, 2013
The author explains how the context of New Zealand's historical cultural and political climate affects practice and discusses the current direction of teacher education. Teacher education in New Zealand, as in many countries, has been subject to regular review and calls for reform in recent decades. Two current key documents considered the direction of teacher education in New Zealand: Approval, review and monitoring processes and requirements for initial teacher education programmes of the New Zealand Teachers Council and the other document issued by the Ministry of Education.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2013
Going beyond the ‘PISA Shock’ Discourse: An Analysis of the Cognitive Reception of PISA in Six European Countries, 2001‑2008
This article analyzes the cognitive reception of PISA in six European countries which were studied in the European collective research project KNOWandPOL (Knowledge and Policy in Education and Health Sectors). The author proposes a specific theoretical framework which largely draws on some concepts and theoretical tools from the sociology of translation and their adaptation in policy analysis.
Updated: May. 29, 2013
The author argues that apart from increased visibility, what the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has brought to education systems in Europe is interdependence. This is because one of the effects of comparison is that it creates representations of educational realities. Furthermore, comparison takes those previously separate and disparate pieces and brings them together into a whole, into one single entity – in the case of PISA, the league table, the report, the speech and so on.
Updated: May. 29, 2013
Engaging with Research through Practitioner Enquiry: The Perceptions of Beginning Teachers on a Postgraduate Initial Teacher Education Programme
The authors focus on the perceptions of student-teachers towards their engagement in small-scale research projects undertaken whilst on a one-year postgraduate initial teacher education programme.
Updated: May. 29, 2013
The Field of Knowledge and the Policy Field in Education: PISA and the Production of Knowledge for Policy
The authors analyze the development and role of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) as a ‘cultural product’. They argue the development of PISA is part of a broader transformation of equilibria within the field of knowledge and that the incorporation of PISA at the level of education policy fields transforms their form and shape in two ways: reinforcing a heteronomous understanding of education and extending and dissolving the boundaries of education policy fields.
Updated: May. 28, 2013
Promoting Teacher and School Development through Co-enquiry: Developing Interactive Whiteboard use in a ‘Dialogic Classroom’
The authors explore the relationship between the use of interactive whiteboard (IWB) and the pre-existing and developing pedagogies of three teachers in a teacher–researcher collaborative group in UK. The authors focused on one teacher from this group and considered how the developing understandings of her became evident in her practice and influenced the group’s deliberations about uses of the IWB. This research indicates that teachers with approaches grounded in a good understanding of how to promote children’s learning will gradually and iteratively integrate the use of a new technology to serve their well-founded pedagogical intentions.
Updated: May. 08, 2013
The paper addresses the widespread claim to make educational research more relevant for practitioners, policy makers, potential users and stakeholders, and proposes a problematisation of the notion of ‘useful knowledge’.
Updated: Apr. 25, 2013
This article investigates teacher educators’ perspectives on the purposes, benefits and drawbacks of adopting a subject-specific standards-based approach in Physical Education Teacher Education in Ireland. Thirteen physical education teacher educators participated in the study. The teacher educators were supportive of adopting a standards-based approach grounded in a democratic ideology to increase accountability, enhance professionalism and improve the status of physical education in higher education and school contexts.
Updated: Apr. 03, 2013