Search results for: Learning experience
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Can Service Learning Reinforce Social and Cultural Bias? Exploring a Popular Model of Family Involvement for Early Childhood Teacher Candidates
In this study, 21 early childhood teacher certification candidates engaged in service learning experience with families living in deep poverty. 16 candidates appeared to confront their own biases and construct practical theories of poverty that were more complex than their original concepts. However, five candidates appeared to avoid confronting their own biases. More research is needed to examine the relationship between candidates' understanding of social relationships and their approach to service learning experiences.
Updated: Sep. 05, 2010
This article examined how teacher candidates' thoughts shifted regarding social inequity in a sophomore-level Foundations of Education course located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The authors found that the afore-mentioned experiences successfully supported transformative thinking regarding social justice. By the end of the course, many teacher candidates began to take ownership over their learning and started viewing themselves as responsible change agents.
Updated: May. 25, 2010
This article describes a study in which eighth grade students in one school learned to create multimedia mini-documentaries in a six-week history unit on early 19th-century U.S. history. The authors examined the relative benefits for students who participated in a technology-assisted project-based learning experience. The authors also contrasted the students’ experiences to those of students who received a more traditional form of instruction. Results from content knowledge measures showed significant gains for students in the project-based learning condition as compared to students in the comparison school.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2010
The purpose of this paper is to reveal ways to provide the opportunity for students to have aesthetically engaged learning experiences. Using John Dewey's ideas from Art as Experience as a framework, the author uses aesthetic theory to show how such ends can be reached. In addition, the author suggests six themes that teachers can draw upon to help students attain engaged learning experiences.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2010
This is a mixed methodology action research study. It examined the impact of a curricular innovation designed to provide an authentic science inquiry learning experience for 15 secondary science teacher candidates enrolled in a master’s level initial certification program. The project goals were to help teacher candidates acquire the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to foster learning through inquiry in their respective content areas as defined by teacher preparation professional standards. The project failed to achieve its learning goals.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
Transformational Experiences and Deep Learning: The Impact of An Intercultural Study Visit to India on UK Initial Teacher Education Students
This article documents the impact of a study visit to south India in 2007 on students following courses in initial teacher education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. The main finding was that the study visit was a powerful learning experience which transformed students' thinking by creating dissonance on a cognitive, emotional and existential level.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2009
This study addresses recent changes in professional development policy, practice, and theory, in which professional development has increasingly become continual, collaborative, and school based. The authors conducted this study to understand more fully the delivery of school-based professional development within a high-stakes accountability context.The authors argue that school leadership, culture, and resources, as well as the structure and content of professional development, filter policy initiatives before they ultimately shape teacher learning experiences.
Updated: Oct. 14, 2009
In this study, two data collection instruments were used to examine how Dutch secondary school teachers learn in the workplace. Firstly, they completed a questionnaire on their preferences for learning activities on two occasions. Secondly, during the intermediate period, they reported learning experiences in digital logs. Results of both instruments indicate that teachers often learn by critical individual reflection and by involving colleagues in particular challenging or problematic situations.
Updated: Oct. 01, 2009
It's Not All About School: Ways of Disrupting Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of Pedagogy and Communication
The paper reports on an authentic learning opportunity offered to 22 pre-service teachers in their first year at university, which attempts to disrupt these perceptions about learning and pedagogy. Using a new application of Butin's conceptual framework, the authors show that during the project these participants developed more complex notions of learners and ways of making meaning.
Updated: Mar. 31, 2009
Fostering Self-Reflection and Meaningful Learning: Earth Science Professional Development for Middle School Science Teachers
This article describes the analysis of teachers’ journal reflections during an inquiry-based professional development program. As a part of their learning experience, participants reflected on what they learned and how they learned. Progress of subject matter and pedagogical content knowledge was assessed though surveys and pre- and posttests.
Updated: Feb. 04, 2009