Search results for: Theory practice relationship
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This article describes a collaboration between the authors, a university course instructor for an introductory Learning Sciences course in a university-based teacher education program, and a site coordinator for its paired practicum experience. The collaborators found that their weekly conversations focused on supporting novice teacher learning had the potential to (1) lead to more strategic support of pre-service teachers, and (2) lend greater insights into the nature of the larger teacher education activity system in which they both worked.
Updated: Apr. 15, 2015
Practicalising Theoretical Knowledge in Student Teachers’ Professional Learning in Initial Teacher Education
The current study aimed to investigate the professional learning of student-teachers in Bachelor of Education programmes. The findings suggest a typology of different approaches of practicalising theoretical knowledge which reflect how student-teachers make personal interpretations of theoretical knowledge and develop their own teaching pedgagogies in school contexts. The three approaches to practicalising theoretical knowledge include the Procedural Approach, the Reflective-adaptive approach, and the Reflective-theorising approach. The authors conclude that the different approaches of practicalising theoretical knowledge and suggested ways of maximising professional learning are derived from empirical findings in a programme which tends to put emphasis on professional learning in the higher education context as compared to the school-based context.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2015
Unlearning and Relearning from Medical Education Research: Teacher Education Research in the Pursuit of Teacher Professionalism
This article explores the field of medical education research to understand, from a comparative approach, how members of an established profession use research knowledge to increase expert practitioner skill.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2015
When ‘Research Ethics’ Become ‘Everyday Ethics’: The Intersection of Inquiry and Practice in Practitioner Research
This article explores the ethical dimensions of what Cochran-Smith and Lytle have termed the dialectic of practitioner inquiry. The article argues that the reflexive nature of the theory/practice dynamic means that, in the context of sustained practitioner inquiry, the ethics of research and the ethics of practice both hold the potential to be shaped by and to shape the other. Elsewhere in discussions of the issue of quality in practitioner and other practice-based research, Groundwater-Smith and Mockler have argued that ethical professionalism can and does work as a platform for quality, pushing practitioner inquiry ‘beyond celebration’.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2014
Dancing in the Ditches: Reflecting on the Capacity of a University/School Partnership to Clarify the Role of a Teacher Educator
The present article examines common themes identified in the roles required and/or perceived for teacher educators by both teachers and teacher educators. Collaboration, discussion and critique enabled personal reflection as teacher educators worked as partners to schools in a state-sponsored teaching and learning skills project. The teacher educators were required to be change agents at the interface of theory and practice and their experiences reflected individual journeys, but their reflections have ongoing implications for clarifying and professionalising the role of teacher educators.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2014
Creating Inclusive, Literacy-Embedded Play Centers in a Children’s Museum: Connecting Theory to Practice
This article discusses how preservice teachers connected theory to practice in a service learning project that provided an additional field opportunity. Through this experience, teacher candidates connected theory to practice by creating inclusive, literacy-embedded play centers (LEPC) for a local children’s museum. This study describes how the preservice teachers designed and developed LEPC in a community setting while reflecting upon the connections made between theory and practice. Specifically, they were able to name and describe the domains of learning, aspects of play, and principles of inclusive, literacy-embedded play centers.
Updated: Jul. 21, 2014
This article describes the results of a qualitative study that aimed to explore how one group of preservice English language teachers in Hong Kong constructed their identities as teachers. The findings demonstrate that the trajectory of the preservice teachers’ identity formation relied not only on connecting past and future but also on their perceptions of current English language teaching practices in Hong Kong schools. However, the participants evaluated many of these practices negatively. These negative evaluations resulted in a rigid division being discursively established between ‘traditional’ teachers on the one hand and ‘modern’ teachers on the other.
Updated: Feb. 17, 2014
In this article, the authors present the findings of a study conducted in the context of a national ‘contest of novices’ story writing’ in Israel (2004–2005). This study inquired into first-year teachers’ self-images, struggles, and concerns in the Israeli educational context, as discerned from the 10 selected stories. The analysis of the stories uncovered content dimensions of what the authors refer to as ‘shady corners of teaching’. These corners revolve around three interrelated themes: (1) realizing the limitation of teachers’ capacity; (2) coping with the realization that vision is incompatible with reality; and (3) struggling with the multiple voices that operate in the educational system.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2014
Mastering Teaching and Learning through Pedagogic Partnership: A Vision and Framework for Developing ‘Collaborative Resonance’ in England
This article seeks to reframe teacher professional learning within the specific policy context of a new national model of master’s level professional development – the Master’s in Teaching and Learning (MTL) in England. The article describes the design and early implementation of this major national design initiative. Within the MTL core teaching and learning processes, four core strands of professional development are described: creating effective learning environments, developing effective professional learning, creating pedagogic awareness and effectiveness and developing wider school experience.
Updated: Feb. 04, 2014
The current self-study explores the role of collaboration in the development of the authors, three new faculty members, as teacher educator-researchers. the authors consider the role that protocol-structured examination of artifacts of practice has played in their own professional learning as beginning teacher educator-researchers, as well as what it might offer to others engaging in self-study. The findings reveal protocol-structured dialogue about artifacts of classroom practice. In addition, the findings also show that the dialogue is formally facilitated, informed by text and common understanding, non-hierarchical, and task-specific.
Updated: Dec. 16, 2013