Search results for: Methods courses
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How Asynchronous Discussion Boards Mediate Learning Literacy Methods Courses to Enrich Alternative-Licensed Teachers' Learning Experiences
The purpose of this study is to explore the alternative-licensed teachers' (ALTs) perceptions of how an asynchronous discussion board mediated learning literacy methods courses. Forty-four ALTs from Southern California were enrolled in the two courses and taught literacy teaching methods using the asynchronous discussion hoard as a tool of extending learning. The findings indicated that the technology has the potential to generate positive structure and support for learning. Furthermore, complement their responses with class discussions encouraged the participants to adopt multiple voices and and viewpoints that were different from theirs and made their own voices heard. Finally, the author discusses the implications of the findings.
Updated: Mar. 13, 2011
This paper reports a collaborative self-study designed to examine the practices and experiences of a teacher educator and her students with the support of critical dialogue partners. The authors explore the tensions and possibilities that arise as a teacher educator attempts to foster both a pedagogy of care and a pedagogy of inquiry in a mathematics methods course. The authors conclude that a mathematics teacher education course permeated with care and peppered with inquiry has the potential to build preservice teachers' confidence and empowerment as the course develops.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2011
Listening to Students, Listening to Myself: Addressing Pre-service Teachers' Fears of Mathematics and Teaching Mathematics
The author's goal was to help her pre-service students improve their attitudes toward mathematics and teaching mathematics to elementary students. The author decided to employ self-study methodology to research her own teaching and learning as well as her students' teaching and learning in a new methods course. Findings include the importance of listening closely to students' feelings about learning and teaching math, responding with opportunities to re-learn primary math concepts in a collaborative and hands-on environment, and providing opportunities for pre-service teachers to experience success with math teaching in primary school settings.
Updated: Feb. 01, 2011
The current study explored the impact of using video lesson analysis methodology (VLAM) on the ability of prospective secondary mathematics teachers to analyze mathematics teaching. The participants were 26 female prospective mathematics teachers enrolled in a methods course at the United Arab Emirates University. It was found that the intervention remarkably improved the ability to analyze mathematics teaching of the experimental group while little improvement occurred to the control group. Implications for teacher education programs are discussed.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2010
Initial Epistemological Beliefs Transformation in One Teacher Education Classroom: Case Study of Four Preservice Teachers
Education literature suggests that preservice teachers hold similar initial beliefs, viewing the teacher as the authority figure passing knowledge to the students. In consistency with constructivist practice, these beliefs should be challenged to enable the preservice teachers to develop alternative ideas, seeing the students capable of constructing knowledge with the help of the teacher. This study examined the beliefs of four preservice teachers in an introduction methods course. The results showed that the four participants had different epistemological beliefs, some beliefs being more resistant to change than others.
Updated: Nov. 29, 2010
Book Talks in Special Education Methods Courses: Using Literature to Influence, Inspire, and Prepare Teacher Candidates
The article describes an investigation on the use of literature as part of the teacher preparation process which probed the impact of book talks on teacher candidates' attitudes toward people with disabilities. The study took place in a private college in western New York. Forty undergraduate teacher candidates in 4-year special education certification program participated in the study. Qualitative analysis revealed that the assignment influenced an increase in positive attitudes toward individuals with disabilities reflecting insight, empathy, and respect.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2010
This article discusses research on a Partner Classroom pilot program that was implemented to provide high quality, targeted field experiences in a senior-level elementary literacy methods course. The authors documented Partner Classroom experiences for two sections of a literacy methods course across two different semesters. The authors investigated the following research question: What did teacher candidates notice and value, and how did they make sense of one Partner Classroom visit each semester? Findings indicate candidates valued seeing a “real” teacher in action to help course concepts and theories come alive.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2010
As part of an elementary science methods course, 40 preservice teachers were asked to reflect on and respond to narrative vignettes describing a teacher’s decision making with regard to lesson plans. Results suggest that descriptions of teaching situated in lesson plans can promote productive reflection for preservice teachers.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2009
Students' reactions to the intersection between ongoing experiences in the university classroom and student teaching constitute the formative component of learning assessment called self-assessment. Student reactions constituted evidence for final self-evaluation, the summative component of self-assessment. The implementation of a self-evaluation protocol in a science methods course provided the focus for a descriptive and interpretive study.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2009
This article reports on the results of an action research study. The study used reflective teaching of a social studies methods course at a major Southwestern university in 10 course sections over a four-semester period. Throughout the study period, elements of those strategies altered to better meet the needs of preservice teachers and take advantage of technological innovations.
Updated: Mar. 11, 2009