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Learning to teach across the boundary: A cultural historical activity theory perspective on a university-school partnership in Vietnam
Featuring a fundamental component in initial teacher education (ITE), the practicum also presents pre-service teachers (PSTs) with challenges arising in the process of crossing the boundary between the university and school. This paper draws on the Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) to analyse case study data on a university-school partnership in Vietnam. Findings reveal a ‘separatist’ partnership, characterised by marked division of labour, and insufficient communication between the partners. In light of CHAT, the paper offers a renewed understanding of partnership, whereby contradictions are viewed as valuable for learning as consistent ideas and values held by the partners.
Updated: Jun. 23, 2021
“It’s not just Learning English, It’s Learning Other Cultures”: Belonging, Power, and Possibility in an Immigrant Contact Zone
This article is an ethnographic investigation of a multiethnic, multilingual classroom. It examines the ways in which immigrant students’ goals for community and belonging were mediated by their vibrant cultural and linguistic practices. Findings demonstrate how youth formed a community of practice through brokering acts, resource pooling, and linguistic play across national, cultural, and linguistic differences.
Updated: Apr. 13, 2015
In this article, the authors present the idea of “walking around” culture. By “walking around” culture, they mean that teachers need to put feet to pavement and purposefully “walk around” the neighborhoods of their students, similar to ethnographic study. The authors describe how each of them has “walked around” culture ethnographically. As they describe their experiences, they write in their own voice. As they have analyzed their experiences, several common themes have emerged. They have combined these themes into five critical factors, which they have labeled as “key principles”: culture is communication, culture is personal, culture has boundaries, culture is perceived by those who stand outside the culture, and culture is defined by the people in that culture.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2014
Classroom Culture, Mathematics Culture, and the Failures of Reform: The Need for a Collective View of Culture
The purpose of this study was to investigate the nature of classroom practice and how it is supported by the culture of a classroom. The primary participant in this study was an eighth-grade mathematics teacher renowned for being a good teacher whose teaching conformed to the intentions of the reform-oriented National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards, with a particular emphasis on problem solving. The authors found that although Ms. Bryans appropriated some of the rhetoric and practices of problem-solving-based practice, her goals and assessment methods and most of her instructional methods were not consistent with common ideas of problem-solving mathematics.
Updated: Jun. 23, 2014
In this study, the author investigates the early racial and cultural views of John Dewey.
Updated: Jul. 26, 2011
What’s Culture Got to Do With It? Educational Research as a Necessarily Interdisciplinary Enterprise
In this paper, the author examines the role of culture in education in historical perspective to suggest the conditions required to promote generalized educational reform.
Updated: Jul. 26, 2011
Much of what has been written about the Professional Development School (PDS) experience consists of recounting personal experiences. In this article, the author draws on mythology, folklore, psychology and literature. The author suggests that effective storytelling can serve the same function in nurturing PDS culture as it does in the maintenance of culture in general.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2010
The study examined the effect of international student teaching experience on the professional and personal development of preservice teachers. 26 graduate students in a private university in Turkey had a two-month internship in a mid western state in the United States. The main component of the internship was a six-week student teaching experience in high schools. The findings suggest that the international student teaching experience and the overall internship program with its cultural components contributed in a positive way to student teachers’ professional and personal development and helped student teachers increase their cultural awareness.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2009
Language and culture must be retained as essential components upon which reading instruction is based. Our nation and our states truly want individuals who can use literacy to learn and to enhance their quality of life as well as the quality of life of those around them. This article looks at essential considerations that must be given to the role of language and culture in literacy instruction.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2008