May. 28, 2012
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MOFET ITEC Portal Newsletter

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May 28, 2012 International Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
May 2012
Featured Items
The Contribution of Gaining an Academic Qualification to Teachers’ Professional Learning
In recent years, there has been an increasing trend for experienced primary teachers to undertake a degree qualification in New Zealand. This study was interested to examine the question ‘In what ways does the completion of a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) degree contribute to practicing primary teachers’ professional learning?’ Quantitative and Qualitative data were collected through questionnaire, and semi-structured interviews. 202 primary teachers responded to the questionnaire and eight teacher were interviewed. The teachers’ questionnaire and interview responses provided convincing evidence that they perceived that degree study had made a significant contribution to their professional learning.
Forming A Collaborative Action Research Partnership
The objective of this article was to describe collaboration of the collaborative action research participants in detail and describe what they have learned. The participants were fourteen secondary teachers who came from different regions of the Netherlands, three facilitators and an academic researcher. The findings suggest that participants contributed to the collaboration by investing time and effort (contextual conditions) and by staying open, taking each others’ opinions seriously and learning how to be critical without passing judgment (communicative conditions). The authors argue that successful collaboration that includes the knowledge and questions of the participants offers an open space for authentic learning through dialogue.
Googling The Group: Teacher Education Through ICT
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has touched and influenced every aspect of human life including education. Google group, one of the applications of ICT and web 2.0 tools seems to be easy to apply in the field of education in general and pre-service teacher education in particular. Therefore, the researcher was interested to examine how to apply Google groups, how learners can participate, what are the benefits of using Google group, in pre-service teacher training.
The Effect of Portfolios on Students’ Learning: Student Teachers’ Views
This study was conducted to reveal how students perceived their experience of preparing portfolios and the effects of the portfolio process on their learning. The participants were 35 fourth-year biology student teachers enrolled in the course ‘Assessment and evaluation’ in the Faculty of Education at Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey. Five themes were drawn from the analysis of the students’ written reflections in their portfolios, regarding how they perceived the portfolio process and its effects on their learning.
Teacher Education: Its Problems and Some Prospects
This article addresses a set of dilemmas that are associated with teaching, then with teacher education, and finally with the relation or linkage between the two. The authors also note the powerful role that inequality plays in any account of occupational competence in teaching, then conclude by exploring contemporary approaches to the reform or improvement of teacher education as a means of developing occupational competence.
Early Childhood Teacher Education: Historical Themes and Contemporary Issues
In this article, the author situates contemporary issues in early childhood teacher education within the historical context of the kindergarten movement in the U.S. The author frames the discussion around two central questions that recur in contemporary pre-K expansion discourses: (a) What constitutes a qualified teacher?, and (b) What is high-quality early childhood teaching?
May 2012
All Recent Items
Multiculturalism & Diversity
‘A Friend Who Understand Fully’: Notes on Humanizing Research in a Multiethnic Youth Community
Getting Queer: Teacher Education, Gender Studies, and the Cross-Disciplinary Quest for Queer Pedagogies

Professional Development

The Contribution of Gaining an Academic Qualification to Teachers’ Professional Learning
School Pupil Change Associated with a Continuing Professional Development Programme for Teachers
Tensions in Teacher Development and Community: Variations on a Recurring School Reform Theme
The Promise of Older Novices: Teach For America Teachers’ Age of Entry and Subsequent Retention in Teaching and Schools
How Context Matters in High-Need Schools: The Effects of Teachers’ Working Conditions on Their Professional Satisfaction and Their Students’ Achievement

Teacher Education & Instruction

Beliefs About Classroom Practices and Teachers’ Education Level: An Examination of Developmentally Appropriate and Inappropriate Beliefs in Early Childhood Classrooms
Teaching Controversial Issues and Teacher Education in England and South Africa
Crossing the Borders Again: Challenges in Comparing Quality Instruction in Mathematics and Reading
Studying High-Quality Teaching in a Highly Charged Policy Environment
Learning to Attend to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners Through Teacher Inquiry in Teacher Education
Toward Scholarship in Practice
Teachers’ Education and Outcomes: Mapping the Research Terrain

Research Methods

Forming A Collaborative Action Research Partnership
A Mixed-Methods Look at Teaching Quality: Challenges and Possibilities From One Study

Teacher Education Programs

Early Childhood Teacher Education: Historical Themes and Contemporary Issues
The Different Learning Opportunities Afforded Student Teachers in Four Secondary School Subject Departments in an Initial Teacher Education School–University Partnership in England

Preservice Students

The Effect of Portfolios on Students’ Learning: Student Teachers’ Views

Beginning Teachers

Attitudes and Affect: Daily Emotions and Their Association with the Commitment and Burnout of Beginning Teachers
Moving Beyond Sinking or Swimming: Reconceptualizing the Needs of Beginning Mathematics Teachers

Technology & Computers

Googling The Group: Teacher Education Through ICT

Theories & Approaches

Learning to Teach in the Figured World of Reform Mathematics: Negotiating New Models of Identity
Educational Research: The Challenge of Using an Academic Discipline
School as a Context for “Othering” Youth and Promoting Cultural Assets
Epistemological Threads in the Fabric of Pedagogical Research
Identity Literacy: Reading and Teaching Texts as Resources for Identity Formation
Using the Conceptual Change Model of Learning as an Analytic Tool in Researching Teacher Preparation for Student Diversity

Trends in Teacher Education

Teacher Education: Its Problems and Some Prospects
Middle- and Upper-Middle-Class Parent Action for Urban Public Schools: Promise or Paradox?
May 2012
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