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Trends in Teacher Education
The OECD as Pivot of the Emerging Global Educational Accountability Regime: How Accountable are the Accountants?
This article describes OECD ideological and policy changes that form the background for PISA. Furthermore, the author focuses on the OECD’s governance mechanisms and the obstacles it presents to public scrutiny. The author argues that the pursuit of market mechanisms posed both educational and political problems on the OECD's accountability regime. He argues that in order to redress the asymmetries between strong influence and weak democratic control will require profound advances in the organization of the global public sphere. He proposes to broaden the global educational discourse, in which the accountability narrative is complemented by narratives of local institutional learning, educational tradition, democratic participation, and cultural diversity.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: October 19, 2017
Assessment & Evaluation
Examining the Extremes: High and Low Performance on a Teaching Performance Assessment for Licensure
This study examines the correlation between supervisors' predictions and students' performance grades. The authors found a correlation between the high- and low-performing candidates’ grades in university course work and their scores on the performance assessment. However, the authors found differences between supervisor predictions and actual scores on the performance assessment. The results reveal that the majority of candidates whose supervisors predicted failure did not fail, and the majority of candidates who did fail had been predicted to pass.
Publication Year: Spring 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: January 11, 2018
Beginning Teachers
Online (web-based) Education for Mentors of Newly Qualified Teachers Challenges and Opportunities
This article aims to report on a research project concerning a web-based (online) course for mentors of newly qualified teachers (NQTs). The author identified the mentors' concerns about the use of technical tools, although during the course these concerns changed to a mainly positive attitude towards online education. Furthermore, the online course changes the teaching and learning prerequisites for the participants.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in ITEC: January 11, 2018
Instruction in Teacher Training
Post-Lesson Observation Conferencing of University Supervisors and Physical Education Teacher Education Students
This study aimed to examine post-lesson observation conferencing discourse between university supervisors and physical education teacher education students. The authors conclude that the university supervisors demonstrated a collaborative style of conferencing that allowed preservice teachers plenty of opportunities to speak. Many factors impacted the time spent conferencing with the most important being time constraints. However, it was found that the supervisors recognized the importance of these constraints and have taken steps to allow for adequate time.
Publication Year: 2012    |    Updated in ITEC: January 11, 2018
Professional Development
A Model of Professional Development: Teachers’ Perceptions of their Professional Development
The purpose of this study was to examine the manner in which teachers, who were engaged in an organisational change, perceived their own professional development process. Furthermore, the study conceptualised the manifestation of these perceptions in the development patterns exhibited among the teachers. The findings identified two dimensions that teachers referred to in their professional development stories: the professional development motivation (intrinsic/extrinsic) and types of aspirations (lateral/vertical). These dimensions together create four patterns of development. This study highlights that teachers’ professional development occurs throughout their career over an extended period of time, and that it requires conditions which correspond to their world views.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: January 11, 2018
ICT & Teaching
Learning and Teaching Technology in English Teacher Education: Findings From a National Study
The present article describes one element of a large-scale nationwide study that surveyed English teacher educators about English teacher preparation programs throughout the United States. This element focused on how technology is integrated within the context of English teacher education programs. Specifically, this article focuses on how English teacher educators viewed recent changes in English teacher preparation and how these changes affected their work. The authors conclude that technology is already changing the understanding of content in the English language arts (ELA) classroom. Hence, the teaching and learning of technology is regarded as essential other content in English. The authors argue that the availability of technology in higher education, as well as in school districts, continues to be problematic and dependent upon a community’s commitment to it.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: January 17, 2018
Research Methods
Action Research in Graduate Teacher Education: A Review of the Literature 2000–2015
This literature review aims to investigate the goals and challenges as well as the policy and programmatic implications of action research in graduate teacher education. Specifically, this review looks at how action research is being used in graduate teacher education programs as a content area and as a methodology. The authors conclude that this review has discussed the trends and challenges in teacher education programs with respect to the integration of action research. They have categorized the literature in terms of three themes that have characterized the goals and related structures for action research in graduate programs within teacher education.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: January 11, 2018
Multiculturalism & Diversity
Losing the Whole Child? A National Survey of Primary Education Training Provision for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
This study explores trainers’ approaches to organisation and delivery; levels of confidence in delivery; and wider views on the place of spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) in primary schools and in initial teacher training (ITT). The authors conclude that this survey has provided new evidence about the practices and challenges facing those who are training primary teachers in universities and in School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). The authors argue that the promotion of strands relating to children’s personal, social and emotional well-being is essential if children are to fully flourish as human beings.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: January 11, 2018
Preservice Teachers
Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Science Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Science Content Knowledge
This study aims to examine relationships between preservice teachers’ science self-efficacy beliefs and science content knowledge in the context of a specialized physics course designed for elementary preservice teachers. The findings indicated statistically significant gains in participants’ science self-efficacy beliefs and science conceptual understandings. Furthermore, it was found that there was a positive moderate relationship between gains in science conceptual understandings and gains in personal science teaching efficacy beliefs. These results strongly suggest positive changes in participants' science self-efficacy beliefs. In addition, participants felt confident in the science content learned in the course and felt comfortable teaching it.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: January 14, 2018
Theories & Approaches
Thinking with/through the Contradictions of Social Justice in Teacher Education: Self-Reflection on NETDS Experience
This article describes the National Exceptional Teaching for Disadvantaged Schools (NETDS). The purpose of the NETDS is to channel high performing teacher education students to disadvantaged schools. This paper is based on the authors' collective, critical self-reflection on designing and implementing NETDS at University of New England over the last three years. The authors use the taxonomy of three different ideological approaches—conservative, liberal and critical—to school reform as a heuristic device for their self-reflection.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in ITEC: January 14, 2018
Teacher Education Programs
Making the Grade: Describing Inherent Requirements for the Initial Teacher Education Practicum*
This study examines the development, description, and illustration of inherent requirement (IR) statements in relation to the professional practice component of an initial teacher education (ITE) course. The authors used consultative group processes with stakeholders involved in ITE to identify seven IR domains. Furthermore, they used interviews with academics to develop first-person narratives and to illustrate pre-service teachers’ performance in complex professional practice scenarios. Then, university staff and pre-service teachers rated the narratives in relation to three of the IR domains. In conclusion, the authors believe that these narratives have potential to exemplify the IR, to develop understanding of professional practice performance requirements for pre-service teachers and to assist the decision-making of teacher educators.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: January 14, 2018
Mentoring & Supervision
Student Teachers’ Team Teaching during Field Experiences: An Evaluation by their Mentors
This study investigates the attitude of mentors toward student teachers’ team teaching in general and toward parallel and sequential teaching in particular. Furthermore, the authors also examine the advantages and disadvantages the mentors see for the actors involved (mentors, student teachers, and learners) and the conditions they consider necessary for successful implementation. The findings indicate that mentors demonstrated an openness toward the use of team teaching during field experiences. The mentors identified both advantages and disadvantages for mentors and student teachers.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: January 14, 2018
Teacher Educators
Focused Career Choices: How Teacher Educators Can Assist Students with Purposeful Career Decision-Making throughout a Teacher Education Program
In this paper, the authors illuminate aspects of career choice and conflict for teacher education students seeking initial Licensure. They also address foundational knowledge on career decision-making. The authors review studies to understand why people decide to pursue a career in teaching, despite the high turnover in this profession. The authors conclude that the literature reviewed indicates that direct career decision-making is either not being frequently conducted within teacher education programs or it is not seen as an important aspect of research. This paper argues that a teacher education program should be such an inviting and trustworthy place, where students can engage in quiet or in conversation to ensure that they are pursuing the career that is right for them.
Publication Year: 2011    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2017



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