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Career changers form a substantial proportion of teacher education (TE) students. They bring a broader set of life and work experiences than do their younger, school-leaving counterparts. This paper investigates the needs and concerns of career change student teachers (CCSTs) in Australia. The study on which this article reports analysed survey data from 508 CCSTs enrolled in 29 of Australia’s 34 universities. The article explores what this group brings to their TE courses, and how their needs and contributions may differ from those of younger students. The data confirmed career changers’ reasons for choosing teaching are primarily driven by intrinsic and altruistic motivations. Concerns regarding flexibility in course offerings was expressed. The authors advise that attracting and retaining career change teachers is likely to become increasingly important in the context of rising school student numbers, teacher attrition, and the impending departure from the profession of many ‘baby boomers’.
Updated: May. 11, 2021
Teachers As Learners - Are They Self-Directed? Teaching Teachers The Meaning of Self-Directed Learning through Self-Experience
The paper will present a case study that investigates the experience of student teachers who simultaneously experience the role of the learner, who requires self-direction, and the role of the teacher, who expands his tool kit so that his students will become self-directed learners. The case study is based on an experiment conducted with students studying for a master’s degree in teaching the sciences. The analysis shows a gap between the recognition of the importance of self-direction in learning and its expression with regard to them as learners and teachers. From the analysis it emerges that most of the participants did not perceive the process of cultivating self-direction in their students as part of their role. The course directed them to a different kind of encounter with their students, and in the process, they identified difficulty in their own self-direction in the learning process.
Updated: May. 10, 2016
This study follows 12 preservice teachers who tutored adult students learning English in a free evening class while simultaneously taking a course titled Community Literacy. In particular, the authors examine how this context supported them in developing tools for teaching; and how those tools were shaped by and constructed these teachers’ identities. The authors used discourse analysis to examine three preservice teachers’ cases and their ideas about language acquisition, literacy teaching and learning, and teacher/student roles in a cross-cultural teaching setting. The authors conclude that the preservice teachers drew on the tools that come from mentor texts and their experiences, and also the tools that students brought, in unique ways.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2014
The Impact of Professional Development: A Theoretical Model for Empirical Research, Evaluation, Planning and Conducting Training and Development Programmes
In this article, the author presents several international trends regarding the provider, the participants, the aims the contents and the methods that found in professional development programmes. In conclusion, the author suggests several recommendations to progress matters and links made with school and leadership effectiveness issues.
Updated: Aug. 19, 2013
Teacher Learning in a Context of Educational Change: Informal Learning Versus Systematically Supported Learning
This follow-up study explores whether and how supervision makes a difference to teacher learning. The study describes the learning process of Nicole, an experienced teacher who had participated in the initial study. This study took place in the context of a national reform in the higher levels of secondary education in the Netherlands. During the supervisory sessions, Nicole found a way of reflecting on situations. She shifted her perspective from action-oriented reflection by herself to meaning-oriented reflection together with the students. The supervisor also helped Nicole become aware of the thought patterns obstructing her in working toward her ideal.
Updated: Jul. 18, 2012
Competent Performances of Situated Identities: Adult Learners of English Accessing Engaged Participation
In this article, the author examines how the lived experiences of three adult learners of English in local (school-based and workplace-based) communities of practice both support and contradict the stated policies and pedagogical practices of the adult ESL program in which they are enrolled. The author relies on the view of Communities of Practice (CofP) framework and theories of engaged participation. The data come from a larger ethnographic study in which the author examined the experiences of women refugees. Findings show that while these adult learners of English managed to learn and adopt the practices of one community of practice, they remained excluded from legitimate membership in other communities of practice.
Updated: Dec. 14, 2009
Development of A User-Friendly Instrument for Identifying the Learning Strategy Preferences of Adults
Learning strategies offer a means of addressing individual differences. A programmatic line of inquiry at two universities in the United States has led to an extensive body of research related to learning strategies and to the development of two instruments. This study reports on the development of one of these instruments that can be used to quickly identify learning strategy preferences.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2009
This paper contrasts the active learning processes of children and adults by chronicling a service learning project in the United States. The project included 19 university students implemented an anti-bias curriculum with 112 young children.
Updated: Mar. 31, 2009