Oct. 27, 2008
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MOFET ITEC Portal Newsletter

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The current bulletin represents the latest articles and some significant trends published in academic journals that focus on teacher education, pedagogy and instruction.

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October 27, 2008 International Portal of Teacher Education
October 2008
Featured Items
Mentoring New Mentors: Learning to Mentor Preservice Science Teachers
Novices need to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to impact student learning. One approach used to support new members is to assign experienced members of the profession as mentors. Mentors can also play an invaluable role in guidingpreservice candidates in learning to teach science. In addition, mentors are often selected based on their experience and skill in teaching science.
Towards Teachers' Professional Autonomy through Action Research
Educational action research was carried out between 2003 and 2006, focusing on developing high-school teachers' professional autonomy belonging to the scientific area in poor communes of the ninth Region de la Araucana, Chile. The research is contextualized in the Chilean educational reality and based on each of the stages of the action research cycles - planning, action, observation, and reflection. The educational processes towards developing teacher's autonomy that took place during the three years of the project are described here.
E-Learning and Action Research as Transformative Practice
Recent Internet developments and advances in networking have encouraged students' collaboration with other students and instructors, increased students' access to experts, and provided an array of learning resources. However, the potential of technology to transform the teaching and learning environment is still far from being realized in institutions of higher education. The e-learning program within the Masters Degree (MSc) Program in Education and Training Management in the School of Education Studies at Dublin City University (DCU) is attempting to realize that potential by integrating technology with active learning activities in an online learning community. Using examples drawn from a cohort of students working their way through the Emerging Pedagogies module, I demonstrate how information and communication technologies, and online discussions in particular, can be used to help students recognize and examine the values that underlie their teaching and learning, thereby enhancing their personal knowledge base for professional practice.
The Leadership Dimensions of Education Deans
The article explains how education dean describe their approach to solving leadership problems. They have been in their position as dean 6-7 years, and in 4.5 years in a single appointment. They described their problem in an interview, of four dimensions of leadership: intellectual, emotional, social, and moral.
Blended Learning in Teacher Education: An Investigation of Classroom Community across Media
The study described in this paper investigates how graduate students in language and linguistic specializations develop and perceive community and how these perceptions or developments differ according to medium (chat, discussion board, or face-to-face class and group discussions). The results of this study confirm that it is indeed possible to develop a sense of community through computer mediated communication tools and that classroom learning is not the only way to achieve strong communities.
On the Reasons We Want Teachers of Good Disposition and Moral Character
This article is primarily concerned with the “practical conclusions” of attending to dispositions in teacher preparation. It makes a case for teachers with moral disposition, for several reasons. They are changers to the methods they employ; they are the most important point of the disposition debate that is grounded in avoiding poor moral character.
October 2008
All Recent Items
Multiculturalism & Diversity

Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Beliefs about Science Teaching
Critical Race Theory and Interest Convergence as Analytic Tools in Teacher Education Policies and Practices

Professional Development

Towards Teachers' Professional Autonomy through Action Research
Teacher Learning: the Key to Educational Reform

TE & Instruction

Initiating Education Reform through Lesson Study at a University in Indonesia
Identification of the Most Critical Content Knowledge Base for Middle School Science Teachers
Individual Inquiry Investigations in an Elementary Science Methods Course

Research Methods

Critical Reflections of Action Research Used for Professional Development in A Middle Eastern Gulf State
Teachers in Action Research: Assumptions and Potentials
Empathetic Validity in Practitioner Research
Action Research and the Micropolitics in Schools
Educational Poetics: An Aesthetic Approach to Action Research
The Ethics of Researching Those Who Are Close to You: The Case of the Abandoned ADD Project
Storytelling as Research Praxis, and Conversations that Enabled it to Emerge
The Way of the S/Word: Storytelling as Emerging Liminal
The New Paradigm Dialogs and Qualitative Inquiry
Understanding Teachers’ Conceptions of Classroom Inquiry With a Teaching Scenario Survey Instrument
E-Learning and Action Research as Transformative Practice

Mentoring & Supervision

Mentoring New Mentors: Learning to Mentor Preservice Science Teachers

TE Programs

Constructing Coherence- Structural Predictors of Perceptions of Coherence in NYC Teacher Education Programs

Beginning Teachers

Creating Social Relationships - The Role of Technology in Preservice Teacher Preparation

Teaching Assessment

Conceptions of Science Teacher Mentoring and Mentoring Practice in an Alternative Certification Program
High Stakes Testing: Issues, Implications, and Remedies for English Language Learners

Technology & Computers

The Web as Personal Learning Environment
Blended Learning in Teacher Education: An Investigation of Classroom Community across Media
Using Student Response Systems to Increase Motivation, Learning, and Knowledge Retention

Theories & Approaches

Work-Related Learning: Hearing Students' Voices
An Exploration for a Critical Practicum Pedagogy: Dialogical Relationships and Reflections among a Group of Student Teachers
Gateways to Understanding: A Model for Exploring and Discerning Meaning from Experience
On the Reasons We Want Teachers of Good Disposition and Moral Character

TE - General Trends

An Invitation To Support Diverse Students Through Teacher Education
Effects of Teacher Induction on Beginning Teachers - Teaching a Critical Review of the Literature
The Leadership Dimensions of Education Deans
Key Competencies for Education in a European Context: Narratives of Accountability or Care
Targeting Resources to Students with Special Educational Needs: National Differences in Policy and Practice

October 2008
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