Search results for: Beliefs
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Mandated to Learn, Guided to Reflect: Pre-Service Teachers’ Evolving Understanding of English Language Learners
The purpose of this study was to investigate pre-service teachers’ beliefs about and understanding of English Language Learners (ELLs). This study shows that, within one course, when given the opportunity to do so, students moved beyond narrow ideas and deficit thinking about ELLs. At the beginning of the semester, the students were quick to define the term English language learner. However, at the end of the course, students recognized their limited thinking and were able to expand the way they define the term English language learner. As students expanded their ideas about language learners, it became increasingly more difficult for them to write a definition that was sufficiently broad and specific at the same time. Students began to question the notion of a one-size-fits-all ELL label.
Updated: Nov. 26, 2014
Examining Changes of Preservice Teachers’ Beliefs about Technology Integration during Student Teaching
This case study aimed to examine changes in preservice teachers’ beliefs about technology integration during the student teaching semester in USA. The findings indicated the preservice teachers’ beliefs about technology integration changed in two directions. Although changes may be attributed to cooperating teachers’ practices about technology integration, this study suggested that cooperating teachers’ modeling does not necessarily lead preservice teachers to change their beliefs about technology integration in a positive way.
Updated: May. 26, 2014
The purpose of this study was to describe the use of service-learning (SL) by special education faculty at 4-year colleges and universities across the United States. This study also aimed to determine faculty attitudes and beliefs about the application of SL in special education. Results show that faculty represented a wide range of institutions and had varying levels of SL experience. There was variability in beliefs about and implementation of SL across faculty. Barriers to incorporating SL in courses and research were minimal.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
This qualitative study examines seven pre-service teachers’ epistemological beliefs, their beliefs about learning and teaching, and their perceptions about the use of ICT. Seven pre-service teachers attending a one-year Postgraduate Diploma for Education program at the National Institute of Education in Singapore were randomly selected to participate in this study. The findings suggest that pre-service teachers’ beliefs about learning seem to align with their epistemological beliefs, while their beliefs about teaching are inconsistent with their epistemological beliefs. On the other hand, the pre-service teachers in this study would use ICT in ways that are more aligned with their beliefs in teaching rather than their beliefs in learning.
Updated: Feb. 05, 2014
The Concept of Coherency in Teaching: Forging an Idea from Professional Literature – A Case Analysis and a Discussion with Experts
The goal of this article is to increase the authors' understanding of the concept ‘coherency in teaching’ as part of the search for a good teacher. The article exposes the concept of coherency in teaching gradually starting with a theoretical review, continues with a practical example, and ends with an analysis of the significance of coherency in teaching. The concept of coherency in teaching shows it is not sufficient to examine the qualities that make a teacher effective and good at teaching as separate components, but the way these components are linked to each other is also important and has the function of outlining teachers’ constant search for adjustments while retaining their ability to teach.
Updated: Jan. 16, 2014
Pre- and In-service Teachers’ Beliefs about ELLs in Content Area Classes: A Case for Inclusion, Responsibility, and Instructional Support
The current study documents differences between pre- and in-service content area teachers’ beliefs about: whether English language learners (ELLs) should be included in content area classes, the kind of instructional support (IS) they should receive, and responsibility for ELLs’ language and academic achievement. The findings revealed that pre- and in-service and female and male teachers held similar beliefs about ELLs’ inclusion in mainstream classes. However, several significant differences were found between both service and gender groups' beliefs about responsibility for ELLs’ language and academic development.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2013
Reflective Journals: Making Constructive Use of the “Apprenticeship of Observation” in Preservice Teacher Education
In the author's introductory educational psychology course, students write biweekly journals reflecting on their own lived experiences in light of course concepts and ideas. In this article, the author shares typical journal questions and excerpts from the responses of two recent classes to show how students can engage journal questions at differing levels. The author discusses choice, respect, and agency as three essential conditions for effective use of student journals in preservice teacher education.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2013
The Confidence to Teach English Language Learners: Exploring Coursework's Role in Developing Preservice Teachers’ Efficacy
This article examines the organization of endorsement curricula to increase preservice teachers’ confidence in their ability to teach English Language Learners (ELLs). Specifically, the authors were interested to determine what methods of instruction were most effective in increasing preservice teachers’ sense of self-efficacy in teaching ELLs. This study showed that allowing preservice teachers to engage and collaborate actively in the endorsement content with others is a very effective method of instruction in order to improve their confidence in teaching ELLs. The preservice teachers in this study believed that they could teach ELL students and that the information that they learned and the instructional methods advocated in the content were integrative and helpful for all student learning and development.
Updated: Nov. 06, 2013
One-to-One Laptop Teacher Education: Does Involvement Affect Candidate Technology Skills and Dispositions?
The authors examine differences in student technology outcomes between a pilot 1:1 program with ubiquitous technology use and a more traditional program in which our candidates are expected to complete specific technology requirements in each course. The authors found that after the post-test that the beliefs of laptop candidates about educational uses of technology and skill level with educational technology significantly increased. The results also indicated that teacher candidates who were not given ubiquitous access did not improve in skill level, nor did their beliefs about educational technology change.
Updated: Jun. 05, 2013
The authors examined shifts in secondary preservice teachers’ belief orientations as they progressed through a science methods course. The authors found that overall many of the preservice teachers progressed in their orientation beliefs from a teacher-centered orientation to more student-centered orientation. The authors characterized four trajectories of change or clusters that describe how preservice teachers’ beliefs changed over the course of the semester. The authors also describe the different ways in which preservice teachers reacted to specific instructional activities, and how those activities influenced their belief orientation.
Updated: May. 29, 2013