Search results for: Methods courses
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In the field of teacher education, the disconnect between university-based coursework and practical field experiences has long been a concern. To make teacher preparation coursework more meaningful, some programs partner with P-12 schools to offer site-based courses. Although situated learning for novices in practice-based professions makes sense, more research is needed to determine if, how, and why site-based courses in particular may be beneficial for teacher candidates’ (TCs) learning. In this study, the authors used surveys and interviews with TCs, who had taken the same site-based literacy methods course, to identify which aspects of the course they found most facilitative of connections between the course content and the field. Our findings suggest working with children in classrooms, course instructors’ involvement at the school, and opportunities to discuss and reflect upon their experiences immediately after they had been in the field were the primary features of a site-based course TCs found valuable.
Updated: Mar. 09, 2021
From Mediated Fieldwork to Co-Constructed Partnerships: A Framework for Guiding and Reflecting on P-12 School–University Partnerships
An essential component of teacher preparation is clinical practice that allows teacher candidates (TCs) to observe, reflect upon, test their ideas, and adjust and improve their methods in classrooms. Weaknesses in the structure and organization between coursework and clinical practice in teacher preparation programs often present barriers from fully achieving these goals. University–school partnerships have the potential to overcome these challenges and create spaces for mutually beneficial learning opportunities for all stakeholders. In this article, the authors identify six levels to illustrate the continua of work with schools in the preparation of TCs that describe how a program might move from current partnership practice to the kinds of partnership practice described by McDonald and colleagues and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). While developing partnerships with schools is work that has inherent challenges, the potential of this work to meaningfully transform the preparation of teachers is crucial.
Updated: Jul. 06, 2020
This study aimed to explore preservice science teachers’ views about the uses of e-readers and e-text prior to their science methods course and their views of their use of this technology when they are required to incorporate them as a resource in their lesson planning. The findings reveal that participants highlighted the potential of e-text as adaptable and more responsive to student interest and need. The authors also found that if preservice secondary education science methods teachers already owned an e-reader device, they reported being more comfortable with their own platform and preferred reading on paper.
Updated: Aug. 08, 2018
The purpose of this study is to examine whether using Lesson Study with preservice secondary mathematics teachers might better prepare students to be teachers. The main finding of this action research is that Lesson Study can have a strong influence on the efficacy of preservice mathematics teachers. In addition, it was found that a key factor in establishing the confidence of the preservice teachers was the direct connection from the field-experience school to the methods classroom.
Updated: Mar. 25, 2018
The Continuing Search to Find A More Effective and Less Intimidating Way to Teach Research Methods in Higher Education
The purpose of this study is to integrate the potential advantages of an intensive format with student-centred learning and active engagement in research methods education. Specifically, this study examined the implementation of a new, intensive course format at UK business school. This format aimed to increase student participation, and promote independent learning in a less formal and more collegiate environment. The results reveal that the new format produced scores that were at least as good as the traditional format and which were more closely aligned with the students’ average overall course scores. Consequently, students had a clearer idea of the research process and were often enthusiastic and more prepared to take ownership of their project.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2018
Synchronous Online Discourse in a Technology Methods Course for Middle and Secondary Prospective Mathematics Teachers
This study examined how prospective teachers engaged in class discussions within a synchronous, online environment. The findings reveal that the prospective teachers used variety of ways to participate in the online discourse. The participants also responded to the instructor with quick affirmations. The authors found that many of the participants commented on how they appreciated viewing live technology demonstrations and the opportunities to discuss issues related to content, technology, and pedagogy with one another.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2018
This paper highlights two key problems of practice the author faced as the instructor of an elementary literacy methods class for Teach for America corps members in a large, northeastern city during an era characterized by strict state and district control: the deficit perspectives the corps members held of their students and the lack of autonomy they experienced as educators. The author concludes by discussing the implications of this work with particular attention to (1) how various institutions frame teaching and learning, (2) the role of methods courses in interrupting these frames, and (3) the pedagogical possibilities inherent in doing so for both students and teachers.
Updated: Aug. 13, 2017
Using a qualitative approach, the authors documented experiences of teacher educators who were content experts and were asked to teach a tech-infused course. The authors found evidence that small changes in their practice were creating larger consequences within their college; it appears the author's professional development model is creating a positive cultural shift.
Updated: Aug. 09, 2017
Examining the Impact of a Simulation Classroom Experience on Teacher Candidates’ S sense of Efficacy in Communicating with English Learners
This pilot study examined the use of a simulation classroom in helping teacher candidates enrolled in a general methods class adjust their communication for English learners (ELs). The findings revealed that the teacher candidates clearly articulated that they felt prepared to educate English learners in mainstream classrooms as a result of course work.
Updated: May. 10, 2017
Finding Possibility in Pitfalls: The Role of Permeable Methods Pedagogy in Preservice Teacher Learning
The purpose of this study was to examine how opportunities to learn to teach writing in preservice preparation mediated candidates’ appropriation of tools for teaching writing. In this study, the author compared between tools and processes across two university preparation programs in United States. The author found that while the candidates in the Madrona program demonstrated a fairly sophisticated appropriation of writing workshop tools, the Altavista candidates appropriated a wide array of tools at a surface level. This permeable setting in Madrona program supported candidates to develop habits of thinking about pedagogical tools, habits that facilitated uptake of integrated instructional frameworks. However, methods activity in Altavista program focused almost exclusively on the tools and tasks presented in that setting.
Updated: Apr. 19, 2017