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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
Enhancing International Postgraduates’ Learning Experience with Online Peer Assessment and Feedback Innovation
This article describes a Higher Education Academy Economics Network-funded research examined academic and international students' experience of innovative online peer assessment and feedback. The findings reveal that the innovative tools, like PeerMark, facilitate a simple but powerful educational principle for international students. Furthermore, the authors found that the heterogeneity in assessors’ ability levels may not affect the confidence of international students in online peer assessment.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2017
Beginning Teachers
Inside A Beginning Immigrant Science Teacher’s Classroom: An Ethnographic Study
In this case study, the authors examine the ways in which one Asian immigrant teacher’s beliefs, experiences, understanding of his students, and school setting influenced his instructional decisions. The findings reveal that immigrant teachers must be learners, too, and they must recognize and negotiate the unique social understandings students from other cultures bring to the classroom. The findings suggest the participant is thoughtful about his practice and that he believes he knows what is best for immigrant students. His beliefs stem from his personal experiences as an immigrant student and this helps him shape how he teaches. He expects his students to work as hard as he did, and he provides them with the same highly structured learning environment that worked for him, both in Vietnam and in the USA. He believes if his students meet his high expectations they will become active and productive citizens.
Publication Year: 2012    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2017
Instruction in Teacher Training
The Need to Prepare Prospective Teachers to Engage in Mathematics Consultations
This study aimed to understand the characteristics of the questions and responses of prospective teachers (PTs) who engaged in a mathematics-specific consultation about how to meet the mathematics learning needs of a student with special education needs (SEN). The findings reveal that elementary PTs did not maximise the potential of questioning and responding stages of the consultations. The authors found that elementary PTs rarely asked about how the SEN affected the mathematics learning. They also rarely attended to either the mathematics content or the student engagement in the mathematical practice.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 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
Preservice Teachers’ Microblogging: Professional Development via Twitter
This article examines how preservice teachers used Twitter in a face-to-face undergraduate teacher education course. The author concludes that using social media such as Twitter in teacher education could present new opportunities for preservice teachers to jumpstart their socialization into their profession and their connections with its members. He also argues that preservice teachers will likely benefit if they leave their teacher education programs with an eye for teaching and learning applications of social media.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 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
The Emotional Work of Discomfort and Vulnerability in Multicultural Teacher Education
This study examines what types of emotional work are entailed in approaching multicultural education from a pedagogy and an ethnic of discomfort. The findings reveal a typology of the kinds of emotional work that the authors engage in as teacher educators practicing a pedagogy and ethic of discomfort in multicultural teacher education. The first type of emotional work is managing personal emotional reactions. The second type of emotional work is facing your past in your present practice. The third type of emotional work is remaining vulnerable and emotionally available for students.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2017
Preservice Teachers
Exploring Pre-service Secondary Teachers’ Understanding of Care
This study investigates how pre-service teachers understand their caring role and their potential responsibility to care for students. The authors conclude that it was shown that within an Australian teaching and learning context ‘care’ was valued among these pre-service secondary teachers. However, the findings identified student tensions around discipline, boundary issues as well as anxiety about decision-making when faced with various caring dilemmas. Furthermore, the results revealed that these anxieties were underpinned by concerns about the limited training in this area.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2017
Theories & Approaches
Teacher Education in Schools as Learning Communities: Transforming High-Poverty Schools through Dialogic Learning
The purpose of this article is to analyse how teachers' specific professional development is built in four cases in South American countries. Furthermore, the study examines the main features of this training. The authors used communicative methodology of research. The authors note that the importance of this exploratory study lies in identifying key components that may enable the transfer of the project to other schools and contexts. This professional development provides teachers, families and their communities with research-based knowledge and tools to improve students’ learning, social and emotional development.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2017
Teacher Education Programs
The Effect of Teacher Education Programs on Future Elementary Mathematics Teachers’ Knowledge: A Five Country Analysis Using TEDS-M Data
This study examined the associations between teacher preparation components and the knowledge of teaching candidates based on data from the TEDS-M study. The findings reveal that the number of mathematics content courses taken has an effect on teaching candidates’ level of MCK in three countries. Specifically, the authors found that taking courses in discrete structure and logic had an effect on MCK in Chinese Taipei, Spain, and Switzerland. Furthermore, they found that taking courses in continuity and functions had an effect on MCK in Chinese Taipei, Switzerland, and the USA.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2017
Mentoring & Supervision
Preservice Teachers’ Professional Identity Development and the Role of Mentor Teachers
The purpose of this study was two-folded. Firstly, it investigated the changes in preservice teachers’ professional identity after a four-week block practicum; Secondly, it examined the role of mentor teachers in creating changes in their professional identity. The author concludes that mentoring relationships played a significant role in shaping preservice teachers’ teacher identity. The detailed feedback mentor teachers provided and their positive interactions, helped preservice teachers build higher levels of confidence, and demonstrate a deeper understanding of their role as a teacher.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2017
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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