Trends in Teacher Education
In Fits and Starts: Learning to Create A Neighborhood Educational Opportunity Zone
This research examines a neighborhood educational opportunity zone. The goal is to scaffold school-community collaboration that reduces inequities in this area, including, but not limited to, educational inequities. The unit of analysis is Clare Horizon Community School (CHCS) as a subset of the neighborhood educational opportunity zone of Clare Horizon. In the case of CHCS, there is a clear community of individuals committed to the initiative. There is less clarity about the purpose of the enterprise and the ways to pursue it.
Publication Year: 2013 | Updated in ITEC: December 3, 2013
Beyond Induction: The Continuing Professional Development Needs of Early-Career Teachers in Scotland
This article describes a research project which explored the CPD needs and priorities of early-career teachers and the barriers to their participation in Scotland. The project employed a three-staged methodology: nominal group technique interviews with teachers in four local authorities; a national online survey; and a stakeholder consultation exercise. The analysis of data led to the development of six strategic recommendations. These recommendations related to issues such as the different needs and work in different contexts of year two to six teachers, the responsibility of local authorities and schools to support year two to six teachers, ect'.
Publication Year: 2011 | Updated in ITEC: December 9, 2013
Teacher Education & Instruction
Self-Study of Cross-Cultural Supervision of Teacher Candidates for Social Justice
This self-study describes the author's experiences as a Korean doctoral student supervising six teacher candidates over one year. The author used self-study approach to examine and improve her own understandings of supervision. The data suggest that the program and the author together were able to influence the attitudes and teaching practices of at least four out of the six participants in this study. Furthermore, the author came to better understand how her recovered identity as a Korean helped her build strong relationships with the participants. Finally, through this study the author learned how power relationships can influence knowledge construction.
Publication Year: 2011 | Updated in ITEC: December 2, 2013
Safety, Celebration, and Risk: Educator Responses to LGBTQ Professional Development
This article is part of a larger evaluation study of Reduction of Stigma in Schools (RSIS). The Reduction of Stigma in Schools is a professional development program aiming to empower educators to create affirming environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Interview data indicate that though workshops utilized a critical approach, what teachers embraced was a call to understand and “protect” LGBTQ students through the “safety” discourse and investment in one time “visibility” or “celebration” events as symbols of improved school climate.
Publication Year: 2012 | Updated in ITEC: November 25, 2013
Exploring the Transition into Academia through Collaborative Self-Study
In this collaborative self-study, the authors were interested to examine their own transition from doctoral students to assistant professors. Data revealed three turning points highlight the impact of the authors' new roles on all aspects of their practice as teacher educators and their thinking about teaching and teachers. The first turning point speaks to how the authors were challenged to reframe what counts as quality teaching in the academy. The second turning point revealed the authors' feeling that it is important to be strategic about the research they conduct to ensure sufficient opportunities for publication. Finally, the third turning point was an expression of the pressure the authors felt to do an outstanding job at each of the three components of their roles: teaching, research, and service.
Publication Year: 2011 | Updated in ITEC: December 10, 2013
Multiculturalism & Diversity
Talking Back: Teaching and Learning through Autobiographies in Multicultural Education
This article focuses on the ways in which pre-service teachers use autobiographical inquiry to reflect on the impact of the context of real public schools and K-12 students on their constructions of themselves as teachers. In this work, the author draws on bell hooks’ notion of “talking back” as an overarching framework in analyzing the autobiographical reflections of pre-service teachers.
Publication Year: 2012 | Updated in ITEC: November 20, 2013
Competing and Conflicting Identity Plotlines: Navigating Personal Narratives of Entering Teaching
The purpose of this self-study was to identify implications of self-positioning for the author's practice in the stories she tells on her both professional knowledge landscapes: as a teacher in a junior high school and as a teacher educator. Three issues were raised during the course of this study. The first issue revolves around the author's two plotlines of becoming a teacher and why she believes that these plotlines are competing and not conflicting. Another issue raised by this study centers on the idea of the interrogative act of asking someone how they became a teacher, and what assumptions are concomitant with that kind of an inquiry on various landscapes. The third issue deals with changes in her interaction patterns with students on both the public school landscape and the university landscape.
Publication Year: 2011 | Updated in ITEC: December 10, 2013
Theories & Approaches
Enacting a Vision of Teacher Education by Developing a Common Interpretive Zone
The purpose of this collaborative self-study was to gain a deeper understanding of the authors' personal experience and practice. This study also aimed to construct new knowledge that allows for individual transformations and spreads throughout the entire department. This collaborative self-study illustrates the co-construction of knowledge of practice in two ways: (a) the development of the authors' personal perceptions by means of reciprocal relationships, conversations, and active attempts to improve their teacher education practices; and (b) the impact of working collaboratively in the interpretive zone as a source of expanding learning, changing the curriculum, and implementing new activities.
Publication Year: 2011 | Updated in ITEC: December 4, 2013
Teacher Education Programs
Learning to Balance Assistance with Assessment: A Scholarship of Field Instruction
In this article, the author focuses on ways of embracing and managing a central dilemma of supervision: balancing support with assessment. The author used a case study method to analyze the interactions between eight student teachers and himself, their university field instructor. The author employed at least five different strategies to provide an educative balance of support and assessment of his student teachers’ work and progress: (a) a ‘‘back door’’ critique of their teaching; (b) a depersonalized approach to assessment; (c) a ‘‘green light’’ indication that they ‘‘passed"; (d) humor; and (e) a focus on student learning.
Publication Year: 2011 | Updated in ITEC: August 10, 2013
Stone Soup: Using Co-teaching and Photovoice to Support Inclusive Education
The goal of this action research project was to increase the local educational system’s capacity to teach to greater student diversity across all grades through the use of Photovoice and co-teaching. Faculty and doctoral students from multiple programs in the School of Education, along with field supervisors, student-teachers and cooperating teachers, participated in an action research project to develop innovative strategies for integrating teacher preparation programs. Results indicated that collaboration benefits the student-teachers and the pupils they will teach.
Publication Year: 2012 | Updated in ITEC: March 24, 2013
Charting a Way Forward: Intersections of Race and Space in Establishing Identity as an African-Canadian Teacher Educator
This research project grew out of the author's desire to address and transform her experience as a Black, female teacher educator in a White settler province and country. Along with self-study methodology, the author uses critical race theory and feminist post-structural theory to analyze the construction of her racial identity and relations of power in a White settler society.
The author concludes that empathy, validation and acceptance from colleagues have buoyed her confidence as she searches for ways to narrow the racial and cultural divide between self and other in order to build collaborative relationships with students. Three important tools that have proved highly effective are critical race theory, critical pedagogy, and feminist post-structuralist theory.
Publication Year: 2011 | Updated in ITEC: December 12, 2013