Search results for: Education practice
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“Advanced Classes? They’re Only for White Kids”: How One Kansas School Is Changing the Face of Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
This study focused on students enrolled in the advanced history classes. It aimed to obtain an accurate picture of minority student enrollment in advanced placement classes at Wichita High School East. The author was interested in developing a plan of action to close the achievement gap between White and non-White students. She determined that the initial action needed was to disseminate the data to teachers and administrators to increase their awareness of the high school’s current status. The results reveal that enrollment in advanced history classes by ninth graders increased. The positive results of this study were the enhanced teacher awareness, and the increased overall student enrollment in the advanced history classes.
Updated: Apr. 29, 2015
The purpose of this article was to understand the importance of providing teacher candidates with opportunities to critically read and reflect on theory and research. The author designed an assignment, Quadruple Entry Journals. The author explains the pedagogy followed when implementing Quadruple Entry Journals with teacher candidates. Their feedback showed that when theory and research are cooperatively analyzed by teacher candidates, they better understand the connection between theory and practice, thus creating a deep understanding of what to teach and how to teach.
Updated: Apr. 15, 2015
In this article, the authors review literature on humanistic teacher education. They described humanistic characteristics for today's teachers. Selected humanistic dispositions, or the action components that rise from humanistic beliefs, are particularly important for today's teachers and current trends in education. The authors group these dispositions and accompanying pedagogies into three categories: individual, relational, and contextual. They recommend that programs and graduate degrees for in-service teachers should emphasize the teaching and assessing of humanistic dispositions.
Updated: Mar. 22, 2015
Shifting Codes: Education or Regulation? Trainee Teachers and the Code of Conduct and Practice in England
This article examines how trainee teachers aligned themselves with the GTCE Code of Conduct and Practice. The authors used Q-methodology to identify trainees’ underlying subjectivity in relation to statements from the code. The findings revealed that trainees represented a highly homogenous group who were able to prioritise undifferentiated transgressions in very similar ways. This research has shown that within the sample of this enquiry those entering teacher training generally represent a homogenous group whose ethical values and underlying subjectivity are consistent with both the profession and GTCE. Trainees in the early stages of their training already recognise, prioritise and align themselves with those ethical issues that one would expect both the GTCE and profession to prioritise.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2014
Back to the Future: Do Lessons from Finland Point the Way to a Return to Model Schools for Northern Ireland?
This article examines the school-based element of initial teacher education (ITE) and the ways in which it contributes to the professional learning of student teachers in university in Finland and university in Northern Ireland. In particular, the authors seek to assess the potential of Training Schools for Northern Ireland. Teaching/training schools have featured prominently in recent reviews of teacher education in England and Scotland and, while not specifically mentioned in the Northern Ireland (NI) review document, the overall concept could enrich the school-based element of ITE in NI, using existing collaborative networks of schools.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2014
The goal of this article is to show how social justice education (SJE) , can be coherently espoused in the Canadian education system without turning into “brainwashing.” Social justice education (SJE) is a ubiquitous component of contemporary education theory and practice. Recently, SJE has come under fire for being politically biased and even “brainwashing” children in the public education system. To defend SJE against its detractors, therefore, it is necessary to develop a philosophical argument situating SJE within a conception of democratic liberalism. This article provides such an argument by reviewing competing conceptions of liberalism, analyzing the political culture in Canada, and applying an interpretation of comprehensive liberalism to specific educational initiatives.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2014
Design thinking is generally defined as an analytic and creative process that engages a person in opportunities to experiment, create and prototype models, gather feedback, and redesign. The literature has identified several characteristics that a good design thinker should possess. The authors’ overarching purpose is to identify the features and characteristics of design thinking and discuss its importance in promoting students’ problem-solving skills in the 21st century.
Updated: Jul. 20, 2014
Mentoring and New Teacher Induction in the United States: A Review and Analysis of Current Practices
This article reviews induction and mentoring programs in the three most populous states, California, New York, and Texas, and one of the smallest, Utah. The author describes the trends in mentoring programs in the United States and discusses the results of these programs. Finally, the article identifies the gaps in the research literature.
Updated: Mar. 10, 2014
This study presents a comparison of lesson plans by teacher candidates in a teacher preparation program before and after universal design for learning (UDL) training. After training, 45 teachers incorporated more differentiated options and varied teacher strategies based on UDL principles into their lesson plans, so that the content was more accessible to all students. The improved multiplicity of options in lesson planning demonstrates a better understanding of UDL principles; however, teachers need more experience in actually implementing the UDL principles in their classrooms.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2014
The purpose of this study is to disclose the types and content of dilemmas teacher educators in Turkey faced with as well as the strategies they used to cope with them. Additionally, the findings were compared with datasets from Israel and The Netherlands in order to make cross-cultural comparisons. The findings indicate that teacher educators are concerned with improving their pedagogy and professionalism in teaching for teaching, with a prime concern for being an initiator of learning. The comparison of the findings reveals that the theory–practice-related dilemmas are among the most prominent across contexts. Furthermore, the comparison's findings reveal that while Israeli and Dutch educators express a preference for the involvement of their students as a strategy to cope with their dilemmas, Turkish educators seem to be coping with them either on their own or by seeking advice from their colleagues.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2014