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1   |   From section Preservice Teachers
Knowledge and Knowing in Mathematics and Pedagogy: A Case Study of Mathematics Student Teachers’ Epistemological Beliefs
The current study examines the challenges that students experience in the consolidation of knowledge in mathematics and education. The findings reveal that the epistemological beliefs of the three students differed between the two disciplines. The authors argue that all the students tended to regard mathematical knowledge as certain and coherent in nature. In education, however, they relied more on personal opinions and experiences as sources and justifications of knowledge. They also identify six main areas that can challenge the consolidation of mathematical and pedagogical knowledge.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: September 13, 2017
2   |   From section ICT & Teaching
Preservice Teachers’ TPACK Beliefs and Attitudes toward Simulations
The purpose of this study was two-fold. Firstly, it examined how preservice primary teachers develop self-assessed technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK) in science through an intervention in which they were acquainted with using simulations in science teaching. Secondly, it studied the possible connection of preservice teachers’ beliefs measured through their self-assessed knowledge in the different domains of the TPACK framework with their attitudes toward simulations. The results indicate that the introduction to simulations in science had a medium to large effect on the preservice teachers’ beliefs in the content knowledge (CK), pedagogical knowledge (PK) and TPACK domains of the TPACK framework. Preservice teachers’ belief in their technological knowledge (TK) correlated with their views on the usefulness of simulations in science teaching.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: September 7, 2017
3   |   From section Beginning Teachers
How Do Novice Teachers in Finland Perceive Their Professional Agency?
This study explored investigated novice teachers’ sense of professional agency, and the perceived resources and obstacles affecting it. The authors conclude that the findings imply that novice teachers need multiprofessional, collegial, and principal support for the practice of their professional agency within the school. The findings also emphasized the crucial role of the school principal.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: September 6, 2017
4   |   From section Preservice Teachers
What Contributes to First-Year Student Teachers’ Sense of Professional Agency in the Classroom?
The current study examines how the perceived learning environment in teacher education contributes to the sense of professional agency in the classroom among first-year student teachers. The results revealed that the sense of professional agency in the classroom requires motivation to learn about teaching, efficacy beliefs about learning, and activities for facilitating and managing learning in the classroom. The results also demonstrate that these basic elements of professional agency were embedded in the contextualised components of student teachers’ sense of professional agency in the classroom. This study showed that the quality of peer relations is a key regulator for student teachers’ sense of professional agency from the very beginning of teacher studies. Peers are also shown to play a central role when facing challenges.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: September 6, 2017
5   |   From section Beginning Teachers
Caring About Caring: Newly Qualified Teachers’ Experiences of their Relationships within the School Community
The aim of this study is to explore newly qualified teachers’ (NQTs) experiences of their relationships within the school community during their first years at work. The findings from this study reveal three main characteristics of relationships: ‘caring about’, ‘reciprocity’ and ‘caring for’. Furthermore, these distinctive relationships include tensions of paradoxes of both positive as well as negative experiences amongst NQTs.
Publication Year: 2013    |    Updated in ITEC: July 26, 2017
6   |   From section Theories & Approaches
Fostering Theory–Practice Reflection in Teaching Practicums
This paper presents a design for supporting theory–practice reflection in teacher practicums. This design is based on three design principles that promote a transformative stance towards the creation of novel pedagogical approaches: mutual transformation of theory and practice, co-design among supervising teachers, university lecturers and student teachers, and participating in the long-term development of pedagogical practices. The results show that the student teachers who participated in the thematic practicum used theory more frequently in their reflections. Moreover, their theory–practice connections were more robust than those made by student teachers who participated in the conventional practicum.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: July 19, 2017
7   |   From section Instruction in Teacher Training
Effective Mathematics Teaching in Finnish and Swedish Teacher Education Discourses
This article explores effective mathematics teaching as constructed in Finnish and Swedish teacher educators’ discourses. Teacher educators in both countries bring into play a variety of aspects identified in the field of mathematics education research, when talking about good mathematics teachers/teaching. The teachers often talk about the same general categories, but a deeper analysis reveals a substantial difference between the characters of the discourses concerning how most of these categories are conceptualized.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: July 9, 2017
8   |   From section Teacher Educators
Physical Education Teacher Educators: A 25-Year Scoping Review of Literature
The purpose of this article is to review research carried out on, with and by physical education (PE) teacher educators over the last 25 years. It also aims to identify areas where research is lacking, in order to provide scholars with a useful context for the design and conduct of future scholarly inquiry on PE teacher educators. The authors found that the bias of English language publications notwithstanding, there has certainly been a much stronger focus on PE teacher educator research in the US than elsewhere. While a wealth of data has been collected on US PE teacher educators, a number of themes have received little attention elsewhere, such as the demographic make-up, biographies, careers, socialisation, or work roles of PE teacher educators beyond North America.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: June 25, 2017
9   |   From section Preservice Teachers
Nordic–Baltic Student Teachers’ Identification of and Interest in Plant and Animal Species: The Importance of Species Identification and Biodiversity for Sustainable Development
This study aims to investigate how well student teachers identify common local species, their interest in and ideas about species identification, and their perceptions of the importance of species identification and biodiversity for sustainable development. The Nordic–Baltic students’ level of identification of species was tested using high quality photos of very common species. The student teachers’ ability to identify very common species was low. The authors also found that majority of students suggested that the most efficient teaching, studying and learning method is outdoor experiential learning, where learning is activated by experiences and the use of all senses in authentic environments with living plants and animals.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: June 25, 2017
10   |   From section Teacher Education Programs
Teacher Training Programs for Gifted Education with Focus on Sustainability
This article presents information about the current state of teacher education for gifted pupils in Austria, Belgium, Finland and Slovakia with the focus on sustainability. These countries were chosen because of very different perceptions of the gifted education and teacher training. The review of the issues of teacher training for gifted pupils reveals that despite the great attention provided to the education of gifted pupils, the education of teachers of gifted learners has been neglected.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: June 11, 2017
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