Search results for: Professional learning
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Evidence of Mentor Learning and Development: An Analysis of New Zealand Mentor/Mentee Professional Conversations
This study examines dialogue for evidence of inquiring habits of mind within mentor–mentee interactions. The findings revealed that learning and development was found but at differential rates not necessarily related to experience as a teacher or mentor prior to the programme. Furthermore, while the goals typically aligned with the philosophy of the programme, conversation content analysis revealed a discrepancy between intended goals and actual conversation.
Updated: Jun. 29, 2016
The present paper reports on the results of a research project in which 18 teacher educators in three countries—Australia, The Netherlands, and United Kingdom—were interviewed about their experiences of working in the so-called “third space” between schools and universities, particularly in relation to the practicum, or field supervision. This research examined how university-based teacher educators manage the challenges inherent in working with mentor/cooperating teachers after having been or when still practicing as teachers in schools.
Updated: Jan. 27, 2016
This study focused on the effects of different videotaped material on teachers’ cognitive, emotional, and motivational processes. The participants were 10 eighth-grade mathematics teachers, who analyzed videos of their own or other teachers’ classroom instruction.The findings indicate that teachers viewing videos of other teachers are more deeply engaged in analysis of problematic events. This study demonstrates the benefits of comparing teachers’ analysis of their own and others’ videos. The authors pointed out that the individual analysis of one’s own and others’ videos results in differential effects on cognition, motivation, and emotion that may not always be intuitive or easily observable in individual and group settings.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2015
The current study examines changes in attitudes, teaching efficacy, and concerns about inclusive education in a sample of 2361 teachers in Hong Kong who took a professional learning course about inclusive education. The results indicate that in all three areas of acceptance, teaching efficacy, and concerns about inclusive education, positive improvements were made as a result of training, although generally this improvement was strongest in areas that teachers felt were under their direct control.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2015
Practicalising Theoretical Knowledge in Student Teachers’ Professional Learning in Initial Teacher Education
The current study aimed to investigate the professional learning of student-teachers in Bachelor of Education programmes. The findings suggest a typology of different approaches of practicalising theoretical knowledge which reflect how student-teachers make personal interpretations of theoretical knowledge and develop their own teaching pedgagogies in school contexts. The three approaches to practicalising theoretical knowledge include the Procedural Approach, the Reflective-adaptive approach, and the Reflective-theorising approach. The authors conclude that the different approaches of practicalising theoretical knowledge and suggested ways of maximising professional learning are derived from empirical findings in a programme which tends to put emphasis on professional learning in the higher education context as compared to the school-based context.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2015
Professional Learning in the Lives of Teachers: Towards a New Framework for Conceptualising Teacher Learning
This study explored the continuing professional learning of teachers in a range of Australian schools. The findings revealed that three sets of major influences on teachers’ engagement with professional learning and the quality of that learning. These influences were isolation, cost, and the professional and personal life stages of teachers.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2014
The Professional Learning Community as Subversive Activity: Countering the Culture of Conventional Schooling
The objective for this study was to gain new knowledge about the experience of teachers in the early stage of professional learning community (PLC) development. This study reports findings from semi-structured focus group interviews with teachers in an urban/suburban high school after one year of school-wide professional development introducing the PLC as a school-wide practice. The authors conclude that The authors claim that as long as PLC work is perceived by teachers as a professional development option that they may choose to embrace or ignore, then systemwide change is unlikely to occur. The authors suggest that by establishing an urgent cause, the leader may then offer assistance to the staff in addressing the problem in the form of an initiative to cultivate collaborative reflective practice with the goal of transforming the school into a PLC.
Updated: Feb. 04, 2014
Collaborative Feedback and Reflection for Professional Growth: Preparing First-Year Pre-service Teachers for Participation in the Community of Practice
This article reports on the challenges experienced by a group of first-year pre-service teachers engaging in a process of reflection and critique with peers. The pre-service teachers' responses indicated their growing understanding of the importance of engaging in ongoing critical dialogue, as part of the “unnatural” aspects of teaching. The article concludes with a reflection on the value of feedback from the earliest stages of professional learning.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2013
A Bridge Over Troubling Waters: A Snapshot of Teacher Graduates' Perceptions of their Ongoing Professional Learning Needs
This article discusses a pilot university program of extended teacher preparation in Ausralia. The paper reports on the perceived professional learning needs of a group of graduates as they transition to teaching. The key findings indicate that these graduates are seeking ongoing support as they develop confidence in their canonical skills of teaching.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2013
This article describes the Noewegian teacher education context in which two new teacher educators, John and Karen, start work in a university. The article looks at the many roles they have to undertake in that work, and the explicit and implicit requirements they have to meet. Finally, the article examines some of the frustrations both John and Karen may face, many of which are shared by their more experienced peers, as members of the professional community of teacher educators.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2013