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The Influence of University Courses and Field Experiences on Chinese Elementary Candidates’ Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching
In this study, the authors investigate associations between Chinese elementary teaching candidates’ mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT) and their experiences in mathematics courses, mathematics methods courses, and student teaching. This study provides evidence that candidates who were exposed to greater numbers of topics in general pedagogy courses had higher levels of MKT in number and operations (N&O). The study also found that exposure in general pedagogy courses to two specific topics, classroom management and collaborative group work, was especially valuable for teaching candidates’ MKT. Finally, this study found that the extent to which a teaching candidate engages in student teaching with full responsibility for instruction was directly related to their level of MKT in N&O while the overall length of student teaching did not seem to matter.
Updated: Feb. 23, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine the ways in which prospective teachers’ conceptions about teaching science as inquiry, and their efficacy for teaching science change across the Science Semester. Entering the Science Semester, the participants related to science as coursework they needed to complete to meet program requirements. The Science Semester was designed to provide inquiry-oriented and problem-based learning experiences, opportunities to examine socially relevant issues through cross-disciplinary perspectives. In contrast to the mixed views on their own learning, all of the participants eagerly embraced the idea that elementary science teaching should involve inquiry-based methods. The idealized image of activity-based experiences for children fulfills their goals for their future classrooms, and is congruent with their goals for a nurturing classroom environment.
Updated: Dec. 14, 2015
Creating Stop-Motion Videos with iPads to Support Students’ Understanding of Cell Processes: ’Because You Have to Know What You’re Talking about to Be Able to Do It”
The purpose of this case study is two-fold: (a) describe the implementation of a stop-motion animation video activity to support students’ understanding of cell processes, and (b) present research findings about students’ beliefs and use of iPads to support their creation of stop-motion videos in an introductory biology course. Data indicated that students used the devices extensively to access, seek, and share information related to cell processes, which led to their increased familiarity with using the iPad to support their learning.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2015
Pedagogical Approaches to Exploring Theory–Practice Relationships in an Outdoor Education Teacher Education Programme
In this article, the authors have discussed pedagogical approaches to exploring theory and practice with pre-service teachers within an an Australian outdoor education teacher education (OETE) course. The authors have highlighted the importance of four key pedagogical elements in terms of helping pre-service teachers understand and negotiate theory–practice relationships: the promotion of self-awareness; guided reflection; experience; and the fostering of a strong, safe community of learners. These elements are relevant to other areas of teacher education besides OETE pedagogy, although they may be embodied differently in different areas. The authors suggest that these elements are made possible through flexibility within courses, face-to-face contact, and opportunities for observing, participating in, and reflecting on/in relevant practice.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2015
This article examines physical education pre-service teachers’ (PTs) self-efficacy and practicum experiences as self-efficacy sources through a mixed-method approach. Results showed a stronger self-efficacy in the relationship with students and discipline promotion. Lower self-efficacy was linked to instructional strategies. PTs with higher self-efficacy reported professional experiences before practicum as mastery experiences. During the practicum they highlighted as mastery experiences: classes’ characteristics, planning and teaching practice; lesson observation as vicarious experiences; and post-lesson conversations as verbal persuasion. PTs with lower self-efficacy reported classes’ characteristics and teaching practice as failure experiences.
Updated: Sep. 02, 2015
This paper reports on a dialogic model of international practicum, involving Australian pre-service students and two mentors on a 22-day placement in South Africa. The authors begin with a traditional qualitative case study of the practicum program, identifying benefits for some students.
Updated: Aug. 16, 2015
The Centre for Educational Research and Innovation launched a project in a number of countries, which focuses on how ‘innovative learning environments’ can contribute to offering meaningful and sustainable learning experiences for learners in the twenty-first century. This article presents the main findings of the Austrian part of the project. The article discusses whether and how the development of ILE is possible against the background of school routines and a school system that seems to be successfully resistant to change.
Updated: Nov. 19, 2014
In this article, the authors describe the use of self-study as a frame for professional learning that grew out of a professional development program for teachers examining their practice in a dual-language K-4 school in Iowa. The authors argue that the use of self-study as the frame for their professional learning experience was seen as a powerful and positive experience overall, impacting both their own practice and the dual language program at large. The authors also argue that during the process of self-study, many of the teachers became supportive collegial friends, colleagues who appeared genuinely interested in working together to improve practice. By working as collegial friends, by engaging in critical discussions of genuine issues and teacher-chosen interests in improving practice, the dual language program as a whole benefited.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2014
Using self-study approach, the author was interested to learn about teaching teachers. The author positioned herself as a novice in the unfamiliar context of learning to ride a horse. Two themes emerged through pattern analysis. The first theme to emerge through the author's early journal entries was empathy for her students’ anxiety and vulnerability when learning a new skill with such high stakes. The second theme was the fact that the author had fallen but got back in the saddle with renewed confidence spoke volumes about learning.
Updated: Dec. 03, 2013
This article discusses the importance of community-based field experiences as a feature of teacher education programs. The author uses a qualitative case study to present prospective teachers’ work with homeless youth in an after-school initiative.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2013