Search results for: Conflicts
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In this case study, the authors explored how one college of education went about revising curricula across several programs; thereby disentangling multiple perspectives in order to address the needs of various external drivers as well as meeting faculty-driven needs. Informed by a conceptual framework undergirded by sociocultural theory and co/sense-making, findings from their study present a complicated view of the curricular revisioning process––offering evidence of both success and areas for continued improvement. Specifically, findings illustrate how faculty chose to mediate curricular revisioning tools; how faculty and college administration negotiated the aims and processes of curricular revisioning; and how (mis)communication among various participants intersected the work and shaped the perceptions of faculty and administration. Themes generated from their study provide lessons for others seeking to revise their teacher education curricula.
Updated: Aug. 10, 2021
Content and Context of the Administrative Internship: How Mentoring and Sustained Activities Impact Preparation
This study aimed to explore the experiences of administrative interns and mentors at the completion of their experience. The authors were interested to examine the interns' types of activities, and interactions with mentors with a particular focus on the degree to which these were passive or active. The authors argue that the findings reveal that ongoing dialogue is critical among the research team, but also among stakeholders such as the intern, site-based mentor, university supervisor, and instructors about what constitutes active involvement and what specific activities and experiences will most effectively prepare aspiring leaders for contemporary school leadership positions. The authors conclude that many interns reported a sense of completing the internship with compliance and were focused on simply completing time logs and getting in the hours. Hence, they suggest that teacher education programs must move internships from compliance-based activities to meaningful and authentic learning experiences.
Updated: May. 27, 2018
Some Reflections on the Links between Teacher Education and Peace Education: Interrogating the Ontology of Normative Epistemological Premises
This article provides a critique of the essentialized assumptions about identity, culture and education that are found in contemporary peace education literature. Furthermore, it explores the implications that these assumptions have for teacher education in conflict and post-conflict societies. A major challenge for teacher education in conflict and post-conflict societies is how to create openings that take these complexities into consideration and create openings which address the limitations imposed by the nation-state. Finally, the authors propose the idea of teachers becoming critical design experts, in order to create openings for a renewed relationship between teacher education and peace education.
Updated: Jan. 08, 2017
This study examined, through the lens of narrative inquiry, the lived experience of a beginning teacher during her first two years in a neoliberal school system. This narrative inquiry has revealed how an idealistic beginning teacher, enamoured with a constructivist pedagogy and eager to teach and inspire, was engulfed by a neoliberal school culture and taught in a way antithetical to what she had believed. The authors conclude that this story illustrates how neoliberal thinking and practice have impacted the lived experiences of an ordinary beginning teacher and helps to illuminate potential causes of tension and conflict that novice teachers in Singapore are likely to encounter in their induction into the profession and their adoption of alternative pedagogies to teach against the grain of educational neoliberalism that has taken a stranglehold on Singapore’s school system.
Updated: Aug. 02, 2015
This article examines the psychological processes involved in constructing professional identities among novice teachers as expressed in stories they wrote about their induction year. The examination of these processes through narrative analysis with a literary dimension focuses on the teachers’ struggles with the conflicts, tensions, and gaps that arose during this year. The findings reveal that every story emphasizes one of the three aspects with which the novice teachers cope: has conflict, tension and gaps with which the novice teachers must cope.
Updated: May. 17, 2015
Tensions in Beginning Teachers’ Professional Identity Development, Accompanying Feelings and Coping Strategies
This paper examined tensions encountered by 182 beginning teachers during their professional identity development. The article also explored the feelings that accompanied these tensions and the ways they tried to cope with these. The findings reveal that tensions that are often mentioned by beginning teachers concerned conflicts between what they desire and what is possible in reality. Female teachers reported more tensions than their male colleagues, while final-year student teachers did not differ from first-year in-practice teachers in the number of tensions they experienced. Tensions were often accompanied by feelings of helplessness, anger or an awareness of shortcomings.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2015
Teachers’ Perspectives on Environmental Education in Multicultural Contexts: Towards Culturally-Responsive Environmental Education
This article explores teachers’ perspectives on enacting environmental education (EE) in a multicultural context. In understanding teacher strategies in adapting EE to a multicultural context and teacher views on the obstacles encountered, the authors found that teacher strategies reflected aspects of progressive EE in extending beyond simple knowledge-awareness to emphasizing changes in behavior and nurturing of ownership. The findings revealed that challenges included value clashes, a lack of common lived experiences, and reconciling contradictory educational perspectives and political policies, which often placed teachers in paradoxical positions. The findings suggest moving toward practices of culturally-responsive environmental education (CrEE) that demand more than awareness but include interactive dialogue.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2014
This article presents literature review that describes a systematic analysis of 113 empirical studies conducted between 1996 and 2009. This review portrays a picture of the rationales, goals, activities, roles, and outcomes in the different practicum settings in teacher education programs. The review shows that the rationale, goals, and activities in the different practicum settings are focused on teaching competencies and acquaintance with the pupils’ diversity. The review shows that the individual relationships between mentors, supervisors, and preservice teachers were attended by tension and conflicts ensuing from different interests, educational philosophies, and status differences that were not bridged.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2014
Aligning Professional and Personal Identities: Applying Core Reflection in Teacher Education Practice
The goal of this study was to examine the impact of core reflection on the authors' professional lives and practices as teacher educators. Analysis exposed four themes that defined the core identity issues in these data: (a) Understanding the contradictory nature of core qualities, (b) Confronting their own hypocrisies, (c) Holding ambiguity, and (d) Sustaining authenticity in everyday practice. The authors outline five categories of change in their teaching identities and practice. The authors conclude that in applying their own process of growth from this study, they seek to foster the trusting relationships and core connections in their teaching where students can realize and understand their emerging identities as teacher and self.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2014
Professional Development for Teacher Educators: Conflicts between Critical Reflection and Instructional-Based Strategies
The authors examine a professional development book club for teacher educators. The authors focused on understanding how teacher educators, participating in a professional development book club on English-language learners) ELL), explored their beliefs about language diversity and developed an awareness of how to best prepare future teachers for culturally and linguistically diverse schools. The authors found several overarching themes: the centrality of lived experiences, tensions within pedagogy development; and experiencing internal conflict throughout the process.
Updated: May. 29, 2013