Trends in Teacher Education
Assessment & Evaluation
An Authentic Assessment at the Graduate Level: A Reflective Capstone Experience
This paper introduces an innovative form of assessment for graduate students that is comprehensive, constructive and deeply reflective. Throughout their final semester, students were invited to synthesize and critically and thoughtfully reflect on their learning, to engage in self-assessment, and to take an active role in the conceptualization and design of their Capstone presentations. This product was used as both a personal and professional learning tool, as well as a means of program assessment for faculty.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in ITEC: January 3, 2017
Considering the Social Context of Schools: A Framework for Investigating New Teacher Induction
The goal of this paper is to provide a useful framework rooted in social capital theory to be utilized to guide future research and practice concerning novice teacher induction that includes broader attention to the social context within which teachers are situated. Specifically, the author expounds upon the elements of a school’s social context which impact teacher socialization, including: (1) social context, (2) characteristics of novices, mentors, and colleagues, (3) alignment, and (4) frequency and content of interactions. The author provides recommendations for future research and improved practice.
Publication Year: 2012 | Updated in ITEC: February 14, 2017
Instruction in Teacher Training
Teaching Creativity in a Master’s Level Educational Technology Course
This article describes an online course, which was created for engaging in-service teachers in pedagogies and technologies associated with creativity, innovation, and invention; using a variety of technologies in a safe, open, and playful atmosphere to help practicing teachers develop their own creativity; and providing tools for the development of creativity in their own students. Data from this self-assessment were analyzed to measure whether the course activities increased participants’ scores for overall creativity and for eight components of creativity. The results indicated that participants did make a significant overall gain in creativity and in the component areas of Abstraction, Connection, Perspective, and Boldness.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in ITEC: February 2, 2017
Features of Effective Professional Learning: A Case Study of the Implementation of a System-Based Professional Learning Model
This research broadly focuses on two distinct concerns: the first relates to what constitutes high-quality professional learning; and the second relates to the implementation of professional learning at the classroom level. This paper addresses each of these concerns by identifying the features of effective professional learning: focus, learning components, feedback, collaborative practices, temporal elements and coherence. The analysis of the three-case study schools suggests that the greatest benefit of system-based professional learning is the level of coherence it can provide.
Publication Year: 2016 | Updated in ITEC: January 25, 2017
ICT & Teaching
Assessment of Creativity in Arts and STEM Integrated Pedagogy by Pre-service Elementary Teachers
This study focused on integrating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) lessons with arts-themed activities to create interdisciplinary STEAM education in order to simultaneously address these two contemporary challenges. The participants were 124 pre-service elementary teachers, who used multimedia production technologies to develop original STEAM lessons. The results showed general overall similarities among the three participating groups of bilingual generalist (BG), regular generalist (RG), and undecided generalist (UG) pre-service elementary teachers in regard to their peer evaluation scores for achievement of creativity-related objectives in the STEAM lessons.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in ITEC: February 1, 2017
Is This a Meaningful Learning Experience? Interactive Critical Self-inquiry as Investigation
This paper documents a self-study on the authors' actions-in-practice in a peer mentoring project. The investigation involved an iterative process to improve their knowledge as teacher educators, reflective practitioners, and researchers. The authors conclude that they present their analysis of competing pedagogical tensions that were overlooked and consequently led to a less than meaningful learning experience. Recognizing and appreciating the tensions and their impacts required reflecting on their individual actions through dialogue and shared writing. The author's use of metaphors also helped them to investigate what they were each thinking and feeling.
Publication Year: 2012 | Updated in ITEC: January 25, 2017
Multiculturalism & Diversity
Making It Better for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students through Teacher Education: A Collaborative Self-Study
In this self-study, two educators – a university professor and a classroom teacher, who facilitated a workshop titled “Sexual Diversity in Secondary Schools” in a faculty of education in a mid-sized Ontario city – reflect on the feedback provided by teacher candidates on workshop evaluation forms in relation to their experiences as teacher educators delivering the workshops. The authors conclude that the two-hour Sexual Diversity in Secondary Schools workshop that they presented in a Bachelor of Education program is one example of how LGBT issues might be taught to teacher candidates. Through this self-study, they came to better understand their students and ourselves. They discovered that teacher candidates are increasingly receptive to discussion of LGBT issues, particularly when portrayed in a manner that is respectful and open.
Publication Year: 2012 | Updated in ITEC: January 29, 2017
Preservice Teachers’ Perceptions of Challenging Behavior
The goal of this study was to examine (a) preservice teacher perceptions of student and teacher behavior during scenarios of challenging behavior, (b) alternative solutions or strategies in examining the teacher’s role in the scenarios, (c) perceptions of challenging behaviors that may present the greatest difficulty in their future positions, and (d) their attitudes and opinions regarding challenging behavior in the classroom.
Publication Year: 2016 | Updated in ITEC: February 1, 2017
Theories & Approaches
Looking Back and Moving Ahead: A Content Analysis of Two Teacher Education Journals
The authors conducted a content analysis to examine trends in articles published between 1996 and 2014 in two journals—Teacher Education and Special Education (TESE) and the Journal of Teacher Education (JTE). They analyzed the data using visual inspection, magnitude of trend, and percent of change. Most notably, they confirmed reductions in nonempirical articles, survey research, qualitative inquiries, and program descriptions. By contrast, they observed increases in articles that included P-12 student outcomes and in quantitative research, as well as in topics of in-service, global, and clinical experiences.
Publication Year: 2016 | Updated in ITEC: January 30, 2017
Teacher Education Programs
The Search for Role Clarity: Challenges and Implications for Special Education Teacher Preparation
The recent re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) creates a new policy context with the potential to bring about additional changes in PK-12 settings and teacher preparation. In recognition of the need to more clearly articulate and align the demands of PK-12 schooling with the teacher education enterprise, this paper concludes with a set of policy recommendations intended to promote clarification of special educators’ roles and inform the future of university-based teacher preparation programs (TPPs) engaged in fostering their development at the preservice and in-service levels.
Publication Year: 2016 | Updated in ITEC: February 1, 2017
Mentoring & Supervision
Evaluating a Psychology Graduate Student Peer Mentoring Program
The goal of this study was to evaluate a peer mentoring program in a graduate school setting. More specifically, mentoring functions and outcomes among graduate students were assessed, along with an analysis of graduate school peer mentoring program characteristics. This study contributed three main findings.
First, the present study was a first attempt to quantitatively analyze specific mentoring function and outcome relationships in a graduate school setting. Second, results indicated psychosocial assistance and networking help were reported as a program strength. However, pair compatibility and mentor preparation were not found to be essential program characteristics.
Publication Year: 2012 | Updated in ITEC: January 31, 2017
Being and Becoming a Mathematics Teacher Educator in and for Differing Contexts: Some Lessons Learned
In this study, the author examines how differing locations and cultural contexts shaped her understandings of being and becoming a mathematics teacher educator. The purpose was to improve the author's own practice, accompanied by the hope that what she learned could also be potentially beneficial to other teacher educators. During this self-study, the author has become convinced that deliberations regarding mathematics education may be futile unless considerations regarding context, or culture, are central to decision-making. She has learned, but frequently must relearn, that she cannot impose his views of mathematics, or mathematics education, on others. Thus she can work toward transforming her practice while, at the same time, supporting teachers as they engage in the hard work of transforming their own.
Publication Year: 2013 | Updated in ITEC: January 25, 2017