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1   |   From section 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
2   |   From section 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
3   |   From section 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
4   |   From section 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
5   |   From section Trends in Teacher Education
Venture Philanthropy and Teacher Education Policy in the U.S.: The Role of the New Schools Venture Fund
The present paper explores the growing role of venture philanthropy. It also investigates the ideas of educational entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation in influencing the federal and state policies and practices in teacher education in the United States. The authors reject the position that the USA government should invest in the current system of teacher education in order to increase the capacity of the existing institutions that currently prepare teachers. They also disagree with the position that the current teacher education system should be replaced by an alternative based on deregulation and privatization. They suggest the need for transformation in the present system of teacher education, which will improve the quality of teacher education programs. They suggest focusing on helping student teachers learn to enact teaching practices that will promote student learning.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: October 16, 2017
6   |   From section ICT & Teaching
More than Social Media: Using Twitter With Preservice Teachers as a Means of Reflection and Engagement in Communities of Practice
The present article illustrates the authors' attempts integrating twitter into their methods courses and investigates different opportunities that twitter provided for preservice teachers. The article describes these attempts from multiple perspectives—both from English educators and preservice teachers. The authors conclude that twitter provided unique opportunities for preservice teachers to engage with communities of practice and, to engage in reflection.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: October 15, 2017
7   |   From section 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
8   |   From section 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
9   |   From section 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
10   |   From section Preservice Teachers
Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions on TPACK Development after Designing Educational Games
The goal of this study was to explore Early Childhood Education (ECE) pre-service teachers’ perceptions of technological, pedagogical, content knowledge (TPACK) development in the course Instructional Technology and Material Design, which required them to design educational computer games for ECE. The findings show that participants described initial difficulty designing educational computer games since they had limited technological knowledge (TK), design knowledge (DK), or experience designing educational computer games (TPACK). However, the participants compensated for inadequacy in a knowledge domain with help from friends, instructors, or the Internet, in addition to personal efforts to increase knowledge.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: September 29, 2017
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