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This paper draws from a qualitative study of seven beginning teachers’ perceptions of diversity over a period of 6–18 months. The study found that while initial teacher training had broadened their understanding of diversity and its implication for teaching, it was established pedagogical practices in their schools that influenced the novices’ ongoing understanding of responsiveness to learner diversity. For these novices, the influence of the structures and systems of their school contexts began to restrict their pedagogical stance.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2016
Promoting the Understanding of Photosynthesis Among Elementary School Student Teachers Through Text Design
The purpose of this study was to investigate what kind of conceptions elementary school student teachers have regarding photosynthesis and whether or not a refutational text fosters an understanding of the phenomenon more effectively than a traditional, nonrefutational text. The authors were also interested in how the level of learners’ previous knowledge was connected to learning via different text types. The results indicate that pre-service elementary school teachers’ understanding of photosynthesis was relatively poor before they read the text. However, after reading the text, the participants achieved significantly better results, and thus the intervention was successful. The results also indicate that the refutational text supported students’ learning of photosynthesis more than the traditional, non-refutational text.
Updated: Nov. 29, 2016
This paper presents a schema-based framework for analyzing teachers’ video-aided reflection on their own teaching. Results emphasized the importance of participants’ prior knowledge as a major influence on their ability to reflect.
Updated: May. 03, 2016
This study examines science learning experiences within a formal course structure that reaches out to informal learning environments. The six strands of science learning provide a framework for interpreting the prospective teachers’ responses to the friends and family assignments. The findings reveal that aspects of all six strands were evident in the responses, showing that the prospective teachers experienced increased interest and motivation, remembered and used scientific concepts and explanations, reflected on the process of learning for themselves and others, and actively participated in science activities. Involving friends and family outside of the class created ways for learners to think about and use their science knowledge across contexts.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2014
The study raises questions about the pedagogy of initial teacher education, particularly in relation to the assumptions teachers educators make about the candidates they teach. The findings suggest that the prior knowledge that students bring to initial teacher education is both a resource and a challenge for teacher educators.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013
The current research examined how students in foundation English classes perceive their Thai and native-speaking teachers. The authors aimed to explore three areas: (1) students' previous background in English-language learning, (2) students' general opinions and preferences for studying English with Thai or native-speaking teachers, and (3) student perceptions of studying with their current English teachers.
Updated: Jun. 18, 2011
This article investigates the prior learning of pre-service early childhood education students in the area of global education, a new curriculum initiative in Australian schools. 65 teacher education students entering the Bachelor of Early Childhood at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) responded to a survey on global education during their orientation programme. The results show that unlike primary and secondary teachers who describe university courses and specific content as reflecting global education; early childhood educators describe global education knowledge and perspectives as representing social processes related to working with young children.
Updated: Apr. 17, 2011
This paper analyses the trajectories into teacher education of a group of child minders who are studying to become pre-school teachers. The specific focus is what impact their prior experiences and learning from pre-school have on their trajectories. The paper also examine how these experiences and learning are recognized in the first year of teacher education.The results show that prior experiences and learning are given implicit and indirect recognition.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2009
Using Teachers' Prior Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs to Develop In-Service Teacher Education Courses for Inclusion
The article explores one important dimension of inclusive education: the development of in-service teacher education courses. Using an example from Cyprus, it discusses the issue of contextualizing teacher training courses to suit teachers' prior knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about inclusion.
Updated: May. 27, 2009