Search results for: Pilot projects
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Promoting Well-being and Preventing Burnout in Teacher Education: A Pilot Study of a Mindfulness-Based Programme for Pre-service Teachers in Hong Kong
The aim of this study was to examine the possible effects of a six-week mindfulness programme for student teachers, and the feasibility of implementing the programme in a local community. The results indicate that most students experienced poor well-being and mild anxiety. However, the six-week mindfulness programme significantly increased the mindfulness and well-being of the intervention group. Furthermore, the depression, anxiety and stress scores of the intervention group dropped while those of the control group increased after the six-week mindfulness programme, suggesting that the changes may have been a result of mindfulness training.
Updated: May. 24, 2017
This paper reports on a pilot study developed to support collaborative working between the English and science pre-service teachers, working together to produce an e-book based around a field trip to the seashore. The participants used mobile technologies to extend their interactions outside the classroom, using iPads in authentic, fieldwork situations. In conclusion, this pilot study has prepared the ground for a larger, international collaboration on the use of mobile technology in initial teacher education and the authors invite those interested in such a study to contact them.
Updated: Apr. 13, 2016
Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA): An Instructor’s Development and Evaluation of an Embedded Signature Assessment in an Early Childhood Literacy Course
This paper describes an assignment piloted in an early childhood literacy class as an embedded signature assessment. The article has three goals: to explain the context that led to the development of the assignment, to describe how the assignment was created and piloted, and to describe the methodology and results of an action research project intended to collect data on candidates’ perceptions of the challenges and value of the assignment.
Updated: Feb. 29, 2016
The main focus of this research was to assess the impact of a mentoring scheme in facilitating integration amongst first-year international students who come from different ethnic, cultural, sociocultural and socio-economic backgrounds so that they become effective learners. The findings indicated that international students suffer from acute disorientation in their new institution. They find the new academic and social culture daunting. The author concludes that the lessons learned from it together with many of the suggestions which emerged from the focus group discussions, are included in the current mentoring scheme. The success of the mentoring scheme facilitated the transition of first-year international students, encouraged a sense of community and actually created a community amongst the international student cohort.
Updated: Nov. 01, 2015
Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions of simSchool as Preparation for Inclusive Education: A Pilot Study
In this pilot study, the authors examined the perspective of pre-service teachers on a classroom simulation program called “simSchool.” The article highlighted the potential of simSchool as well as some current limitations of this approach in the context of Australian teacher education courses.
Updated: May. 12, 2015
This article is based on the experience gained with an online learning community developed as part of a pilot project that followed a national research study of in-service career and technical education (CTE) administrators and teachers. The authors summarize the most salient points when designing a learning community website, the following features need to be in place to promote interaction: clarify the goals of the website, its function and limitations; ensure privacy from the outside and a psychologically safe environment; ensure that community members understand the features of the website; structure authentic learning tasks, dialog, and posting activity to match the goals of the course; a facilitator or moderator should encourage and reinforce the initial postings, especially from novices; encourage threaded discussion groups to form according to problem topic or academic area; and activities will need to have time limits.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2014
Preparing the Next Generation of Early Childhood Teachers: The Emerging Role of Interprofessional Education and Collaboration in Teacher Education
This article reports on an interprofessional pilot project. This pilot study engaged 2nd-year, preservice, graduate early childhood education and social work students in an interprofessional training and collaborative activity as part of their graduate coursework. This study suggests that graduate early childhood education and social work students recognize the benefits of preservice interprofessional education, but the experience of working across disciplines can be very challenging. The challenges include a lack of clarity around professional roles and responsibilities, differences in understandings of children’s behavior, and a perception that there will be little opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration in early childhood settings. Despite these challenges, participants expressed how important it was for them to experience firsthand some of the potential benefits and challenges to interdisciplinary collaboration as preservice students.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2014
A Study of Greek Teachers’ Satisfaction with the Implementation of the European Pedagogical ICT License Pilot Course
This study presented a survey which examines Greek teachers’ satisfaction with the implementation of the European Pedagogical Information and Communication Technology License (EPICT) pilot course. The results demonstrated that course content, facilitators’ support, and collaboration among facilitators and teachers and among teachers themselves had a positive impact on teachers’ satisfaction.
Updated: Jul. 26, 2011
In this article, the authors illustrate how the piloting process has influenced two widely different studies within the educational sciences. In the first case study described, our solidarity lies with the disadvantaged school children of South Africa. In the second case study, our solidarity lies with a group of teachers who through an action research project wanted to question a school policy that they do not feel benefits all school children in the Norwegian lower secondary school. The two cases are presented separately and explore the change in conceptual and methodological emphasis in the research procedure.
Updated: Jan. 23, 2011
This article describes a pilot of Virtual Schooling (VS) field experience within an initial teacher education program in the USA as part of a national project, including multimedia appendices. This field experience enabled future teachers to observe how an exemplary VS school teacher taught her course using blended technologies. Future teachers’ reflections revealed that they had overcome concerns and misperceptions about VS. Key elements identified include mirroring the natural setting using similar technologies, external and internal information gathering, guided observations and engagement with the class.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2010