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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
Pedagogies for Preservice Assessment Education: Supporting Teacher Candidates' Assessment Literacy Development
This study aimed to explore the pedagogical conditions that supported teacher candidates’ learning about assessment. This study revealed four pedagogical constructs that teacher candidates perceived as effectively supporting their learning. These constructs were (a) perspective-building conversations, (b) praxis: connecting theory to practice, (c) modeling: practice what you preach, and (d) critical reflection and planning for learning. These pedagogies constitute a basis for articulating the ‘‘how’’ of assessment education. Each of these constructs served to connect assessment theory, practice, and philosophy together to support a multifaceted understanding of assessment in education.
Publication Year: 2013    |    Updated in ITEC: October 19, 2017
Beginning Teachers
Challenging Transitions and Crossing Borders: Preparing Novice Mathematics Teacher Educators to Support Novice K-12 Mathematics Teachers
The purpose of this study was to compare the challenges faced by new K-12 mathematics teachers (MTs) and new mathematics teacher educators (MTEs) and use what is known about supporting new K-12 MTs to begin to develop improved support systems for new MTEs. These findings show that novice mathematics teacher educators need additional and more valuable teaching opportunities throughout their preparation programs as well as mentoring experiences to help them as they transition into their new positions. These findings are consistent with literature review findings on the experiences of novice K-12 mathematics teachers. The authors conclude that these findings about the need for teaching experiences and mentorship for novice MTEs ,much like those needs identified for novice MTs, may help improve teacher education programs while also improving mathematics teacher education programs.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: October 15, 2017
Instruction in Teacher Training
Making Connections: Lessons on the Use of Video in Pre-service Teacher Education
In this article, the authors examined the potential impact of video excerpts of teaching on pre-service teachers' learning. They were also interested to identify and focus on the development of students' understanding of mathematics and the teaching and learning actions likely to facilitate this. The authors found that many of the pre-service teachers were interested in the development of students' understanding. However, many of the participants struggled to identify evidence of it or observable teaching actions likely to contribute to it.
Publication Year: 2013    |    Updated in ITEC: October 19, 2017
Professional Development
Professional Development Seen as Employment Capital
This study explores human resource (HR) practitioners’ understandings of professional development as a form of capital for job progress. The findings of HR practitioners have implications for educationalists in revealing how professional learning supports practitioners’ growth in capability and self-efficacy of benefit to the individual, organisation and society. Educators need to articulate the longer-term effects of nurturing capacities for collective practice and greater self-knowledge, to contribute to societal interests.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in ITEC: September 27, 2017
ICT & Teaching
Teaching to Teach (With) Game Design: Game Design and Learning Workshops for Preservice Teachers
In this study, the authors were interested to evaluate the participants’ ability to integrate game design in their lesson plans and explore their experiences over time during the workshops. The findings revealed that the participants’ lesson planscan be improved in terms of allowing students to take ownership during the game creation, design, and problem-solving processes. Instead of giving students freedom and agency, the lesson plans did not allow high levels of collaboration and exploration. The analysis of the reflections helped the authors describe participants’ varied experiences and identify challenges faced during the Game Design and Learning (GDL) workshops. At the end of the workshops, all participants indicated that they developed a basic understanding of game design and programming and felt comfortable with the process.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: October 23, 2017
Research Methods
Action Research Networks: Role and Purpose in the Evaluation of Research Outcomes and Impacts
This article discusses the research regarding the formation and role of networks, and factors to consider when assessing the impact and outcomes of a network. It also looks at the connections between networks and action research (AR), and moves to a focus on the Evaluative Study of Action Research (ESAR), currently in its first stages, and outlines four levels of networks associated with the study. Finally, this article provides an early formative analysis with regard to the impact and outcomes of the ESAR team as a network to date. The authors conclude that the ESAR network provides evidence of each factor of well-functioning networks. Formative evaluations will continue for how the team network functions, as well as how each of the networks that develop functions as the research is undertaken.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: September 27, 2017
Multiculturalism & Diversity
Sexualities of Initial Teacher Education Applicants in the Republic of Ireland: Addressing the Hidden Dimension of Diversity in Teaching
The present paper examines initial teacher education (ITE) students’ sexual orientations and the intersections of students’ sexualities, socio-demographic backgrounds and career motivations. The findings reveal that although LGBT people experience considerable covert and overt social, institutional and religious barriers when applying for and entering ITE programmes in Ireland, they are highly motivated and committed to a teaching career. Their strong desire to change the of young people, together with their personal experiences of schooling uniquely position them to challenge and disrupt heteronormativity and sexual discrimination in schools and in ITE.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in ITEC: October 19, 2017
Preservice Teachers
Inclusive Education in Pre-schools: Predictors of Pre-service Teacher Attitudes in Australia
The purpose of this study was to investigate a number of factors that contribute to the formation of positive attitudes towards inclusive education (IE), during the pre-service training of pre-school teachers. The findings showed that pre-service pre-school teachers have a positive attitude towards IE. Furthermore, the results revealed that the completion of a unit studying the philosophy, fundamentals and legislation of IE significantly improved attitudes in pre-service pre-school teachers; a finding consistent with past research. However, the authors found that this attitude did not lead to positive perceptions of ability and competence to implement IE practices upon completion of the degree.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: October 19, 2017
Theories & Approaches
Teachers’ Professional Knowledge for Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Assessing the Outcomes of Teacher Education
This paper offers a conceptualization and operationalization of the professional knowledge of future middle school teachers for teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), whom the authors directly assessed using tests developed by the research group. The authors conclude that test score differences by phase and program as shown in this study are well aligned to certain priorities laid down in the initial teacher education curriculum. The authors consider this as evidence for the curricular validity of the tests. The authors suggest that the tests could be used to inform about learning progress of student teachers throughout their teacher preparation program.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: September 27, 2017
Teacher Education Programs
Do Alternative Teacher Education Programs Manage to Attract Different Candidates and Students?
This research aimed to examine the profiles of the candidates who had applied to the alternative retraining programs at the selected college. The study then would compare them with those candidates who had been accepted onto the traditional programs. The authors found that the alternative programs attracted students with an academic and personal profile different from the one that characterizes students in the traditional teacher retraining programs. In all three alternative programs, the number of students with advanced postgraduate degrees was significantly higher than the number of students with advanced degrees in the traditional programs.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: September 29, 2017
Mentoring & Supervision
Faculty as Mentors in Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work: Motivating and Inhibiting Factors
The purpose of this study was to examine faculty engagement in mentoring practices related to the training of undergraduate student researchers. Furthermore, the authors examine the perceived sources of support and barriers to such engagement. The findings reveal three primary supports and challenges. Faculty participants noted internal funds/compensation, student support, and other professional support as instrumental in influencing their decisions to engage as mentors in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative work (URSCW). Conversely, time, inflexibility surrounding compensation, and lack of recognition were the primary challenges noted.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: October 15, 2017
Teacher Educators
Embracing Institutional Authority: The Emerging Identity of a Novice Teacher Educator
This article examines how various aspects of the first author's identity, i.e. natural, institutional, discursive, and affinity, intersected during his first semester as teacher educator. The experience of the novice teacher educator revealed that his preoccupation with students’ perceptions of who he was as a teacher and as an individual prevented any substantial consideration of the kind of teacher educator he wanted to be. Given the insecurities often tied to this new professional identity, the authors argue that it is important to consider and negotiate the pedagogical and professional development of first-time teacher educators.The authors believe that an emphasis on community should be promoted in order to enhance the possibilities of teacher education. They say that novice teacher educators should be surrounded by like-minded individuals who function as both critical friends and a supportive community.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: October 15, 2017



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