Search results for: Early childhood education
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Communities of Practice and Participatory Action Research: The Formation of a Synergy for the Development of Museum Programmes for Early Childhood
The purpose of this study was to integrate the ideas of community of practice and participatory action research. This integration formed by the synergy between a natural history museum and a university department of pre-school education, which undertook participatory action research aimed at the creation of innovative museum programmes for young children. Data analysis and the evaluation of the research process show that the community was able to bring its situated knowledge into question and interrogate propositional knowledge. The authors conclude that both communities of educational practice and participatory action research can help participants develop the shared vision that is necessary for the development of a rigorous and better practice.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2014
“Touch It Lightly”: Israeli Students’ Construction of Pedagogical Paradigms About an Emotionally Laden Topic
The purpose of this study is to examine the pedagogical paradigms that preservice teachers construct regarding the teaching of the Holocaust and the identification of trends in the development of these paradigms over their 3-year college program.The authors conclude that the findings reveal that preservice teachers actively engage in pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) relating to emotionally charged topics, and they heavily base their constructions on prior beliefs as well as the educational program to which they have been exposed.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2014
Preservice Professional Preparation and Teachers’ Self-Efficacy Appraisals of Natural Environment and Inclusion Practices
This article describes results from a study that examined the relationships between teacher discipline, type of teaching degree, and teacher feelings of preparedness and the self-efficacy beliefs of early intervention and preschool teachers with regard to either natural environment or inclusion practices. Results showed that feelings of preservice teacher preparedness were related to the self-efficacy beliefs of both early intervention and preschool special education teachers. Furthermore, the findings revealed that teacher discipline and the type of degree moderated the relationship between teacher preparedness and self-efficacy beliefs among preschool special education but not early intervention teachers.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2014
Preparing Classroom Teachers to Be Cooperating Teachers: A Report of Current Efforts, Beliefs, Challenges, and Associated Recommendations
This article reports on a study which examined the efforts of 62 early childhood teacher education faculty to prepare cooperating teachers to work with preservice teachers. Since the nature and purpose of this preparation and support must be carefully examined in order to identify key features that will truly enhance the ability of these teachers to provide the type of mentoring that leads to quality field experiences.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2014
The Potential of Communities of Practice as Contexts for the Development of Agentic Teacher Leaders: A Three-Year Narrative of One Early Childhood Teacher's Journey
This article uses an explanatory narrative of participation and transformation across two consecutive early childhood communities of practice to chronicle the evolution of a teacher leader, Michelle. This narrative illustrates how the continuity of experience spawned her development from apprentice toward an agentic teacher leader, characterized by an ethical ideal, disposition of lifelong learner, and participation in joint endeavors. The authors reveal how Michelle constructed and reconstructed her leadership roles through individual and collective inquiry grounded in daily practices.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2014
This article examines the realities of practice for beginning early childhood teachers. The article reports the beginning teachers' views about the issues they faced, their perceptions of preservice teaching, and the impact that this had on their transition from student to teacher. Findings reveal that the reality of moving from the role of the student to teacher was disconcerting for these new teachers. The move to being a “real” teacher was a formidable experience for these participants and this should be recognized relatedly.
Updated: Sep. 22, 2014
This research examined preservice early childhood educators' perceptions of outdoor settings and their intentions to use outdoor settings in their teaching practice. Participants reported relatively high intentions to use natural settings in future teaching, as well as knowledge of the benefits of nature for children, but moderate levels of personal nature relatedness. Participants were more likely to select “maintained” settings such as parks for educational purposes, and more “natural” settings, especially those with water, for personal purposes. Knowledge of the benefits of nature experiences, the perceived difficulty in using natural settings, and personal levels of nature relatedness each significantly predicted intention to use natural settings in future teaching.
Updated: Sep. 22, 2014
Shifting Sands in the United Arab Emirates: Effecting Conceptual Change for Creativity in Early Childhood Teacher Education
The purpose of this study was to explore conceptions held by student teachers of creativity and to examine conceptual changes they experience during a series of workshops informed by the Conceptual Change Model. The findings reveal that during the course of the workshops, the participants changed their vision of their role as teachers from managers who deliver the curriculum and assess it, to observers and facilitators of learning who are interested in creatively engaging children. Furthermore, by the end of the workshops, participants reported being comfortable working with creativity and felt they could benefit the school by bridging a perceived gap in readiness to teach for creativity.
Updated: Sep. 17, 2014
In this article, the author has identified five essential ideas that could serve as underpinnings to support the preparation of early childhood educators: 1. Inquiry and reflection into practice are critical for continued teacher learning and development; 2. Learning and development are cultural and constructivist processes; 3. The teacher’s image of the child should be as a strong and capable participant in the culture; 4. The education of young children is a community privilege and responsibility; and 5. The purpose of early care and education is to enhance and support each child’s daily life experience and learning in the here and now, as well as preparing each child for future success. The author presents a conceptual framework for teacher education that incorporates these underlying ideas. She describes the way in which it is interpreted in the early childhood teacher preparation program at Mills College by a core set of principles.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2014
Preparing the Next Generation of Early Childhood Teachers: The Emerging Role of Interprofessional Education and Collaboration in Teacher Education
This article reports on an interprofessional pilot project. This pilot study engaged 2nd-year, preservice, graduate early childhood education and social work students in an interprofessional training and collaborative activity as part of their graduate coursework. This study suggests that graduate early childhood education and social work students recognize the benefits of preservice interprofessional education, but the experience of working across disciplines can be very challenging. The challenges include a lack of clarity around professional roles and responsibilities, differences in understandings of children’s behavior, and a perception that there will be little opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration in early childhood settings. Despite these challenges, participants expressed how important it was for them to experience firsthand some of the potential benefits and challenges to interdisciplinary collaboration as preservice students.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2014