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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
Preparing Teachers for Professional Learning: Is There a Future for Teacher Education in New Teacher Induction?
In this article, the authors explore which factors support or constrain professional learning during initial years of teaching. The findings reveal that novice teachers generally experienced a positive welcome into their schools and the support of well-meaning colleagues. The majority of the new teachers perceive their initial induction to be useful and, in particular, they credit mentoring with assisting their transition into teaching. The authors conclude that providing opportunities for the new teacher to observe other teachers and to be observed by a mentor emerged as central tasks of learning to teach for these new teachers.
Publication Year: 2013    |    Updated in ITEC: November 12, 2017
Instruction in Teacher Training
Investigating the Improvement of Prospective Elementary Teachers’ Number Sense in Reasoning about Fraction Magnitude
This study explored whether and how prospective teachers (PTs) fraction sense could improve in the setting of a Number and Operations course. the results from the interviews with seven participants provide evidence that their performance and flexibility in comparing fractions improved. The authors found that 6 of the 7 interview participants adopted at least two new valid strategies for comparing fractions. Consequently, these findings can guide mathematics teacher educators how to support PTs to reason meaningfully and flexibly about fraction magnitude.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: November 1, 2017
Professional Development
Dual-Mode Teacher Professional Development: Challenges and Re-Visioning Future TPD in Indonesia
This article is based on a two-year project. The purpose of this project was to develop a teacher professional development (TPD) model in Indonesia. The findings show that most teachers prefer face-to-face participation as the mode of TPD. Even so, a number of teachers preferred online TPD. This research suggests that a dual-mode TPD combining complementary face-to-face and online sessions should be the best TPD model. Furthermore, the teachers in this study perceived TPD as a government-owned project rather than as the facilitation of their professional development.
Publication Year: 2013    |    Updated in ITEC: November 12, 2017
ICT & Teaching
Teacher Beliefs and Their Influence on Technology Use: A Case Study
This study examined how teachers perceive and implement technology in a seventh-grade social studies class. The authors conclude that although the participants believed that using technology can benefit their students, the barriers they faced had more influence than their beliefs and attitudes on their decision to use technology in the classroom.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: November 7, 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
Preparing Culturally Responsive Teachers: Effective Practices in Teacher Education
This article aims to describe pedagogical practices used by teacher educators who prepare teachers to be culturally responsive. The authors, who are teacher educators themselves, recognize the challenges associated with teaching about issues of diversity and facilitating preservice teachers’ (PSTs) acquisition of culturally relevant pedagogy. The authors integrate between culturally relevant pedagogy and a framework for diversity awareness and identity development. They are interested in supporting teacher educators who yearn to prepare culturally responsive PSTs. They focus on three practices for preparing teachers who are culturally responsive: establishing a positive classroom learning environment, implementing purposeful learning activities and providing appropriate field experiences with a focus on diversity.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: November 9, 2017
Preservice Teachers
Finnish Student Teachers’ Perceptions on the Role of Purpose in Teaching
In this article, the authors examined the various purposes that Finnish student teachers of different subjects have in teaching. The findings revealed that four purpose profiles were identified among participants: Purposeful, Dabblers, Dreamers, and Disengaged. The majority of participants can be profiled as dabblers. The authors found that the student teachers of religious education most often demonstrated a purposeful profile, while student teachers of mathematics and science were mostly profiled as disengaged. The authors conclude that the moral nature of teaching calls for purposeful teachers for schools worldwide.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: November 12, 2017
Theories & Approaches
“I Want to Listen to My Students’ Lives”: Developing an Ecological Perspective in Learning to Teach
In this article, the authors used ecological perspective to prepare preservice teachers to be attentive and responsive to their students. The authors want to prepare teachers to perceive their students as complex beings who navigate in different contexts such as home, school and community. The authors conclude that the Teaching and Learning Together project at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges provides structures, scaffolding, and support to build awareness among prospective teachers. Such support allows preservice teachers to acknowledge the complexity of the educational process and prepare themselves to be teachers who will embrace, and structure opportunities for their own students.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: November 7, 2017
Teacher Education Programs
Impact of Short-term Study Abroad Program: Inservice Teachers' Development of Intercultural Competence and Pedagogical Beliefs
In this study, the authors examined the design of a short-term study abroad program for inservice teachers and the impact of the program on both teachers’ intercultural competence development and their teaching beliefs and practices. The authors conclude that study abroad programs offer a unique opportunity for teachers to develop intercultural competency and teaching beliefs through intercultural immersion experiences. They also emphasize that teacher educators interested in integrating study abroad programs in professional development programs need to design intentional and meaningful integration of cultural experiences, teaching opportunities, language learning, reflection, and collaboration.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in ITEC: November 1, 2017
Mentoring & Supervision
Undergraduate Research Mentoring: Obstacles and Opportunities
This article describes the present gap between aspiration and effective execution of well-mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative work (URSCW), including the most prevalent obstacles (e.g. institutional, departmental, individual) to undergraduate mentoring. The authors conclude that this research shows that the experience, which students engaged in URSCW, has the potential to provide deep and lasting high-impact learning. This potential can only be fully realized when the institutions commit to the belief that high-quality mentoring matters, for students, faculty, and their institutions.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: October 26, 2017
Teacher Educators
Fostering Teacher Educators’ Professional Development in Research and in Supervising Student Teachers’ Research
Teacher educators, who work at institutes for higher vocational education, should now engage in research. Hence, they suppose to become familiar with research knowledge and skills. Furthermore, they have to supervise student teachers in conducting research. This study explored whether and how different professional development activities for teacher educators contribute to the tasks set. The authors found that all activities influenced the participants’ opinions about practice-based research as a concept and about the need to add research as a new task within teacher education. Furthermore, it was found that all the participants claimed to have increased their knowledge about research developed a better understanding of research skills.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: November 7, 2017