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1   |   From section Research Methods
The Continuing Search to Find A More Effective and Less Intimidating Way to Teach Research Methods in Higher Education
Author Robin Bell
The purpose of this study is to integrate the potential advantages of an intensive format with student-centred learning and active engagement in research methods education. Specifically, this study examined the implementation of a new, intensive course format at UK business school. This format aimed to increase student participation, and promote independent learning in a less formal and more collegiate environment. The results reveal that the new format produced scores that were at least as good as the traditional format and which were more closely aligned with the students’ average overall course scores. Consequently, students had a clearer idea of the research process and were often enthusiastic and more prepared to take ownership of their project.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: January 11, 2018
2   |   From section ICT & Teaching
Synchronous Online Discourse in a Technology Methods Course for Middle and Secondary Prospective Mathematics Teachers
This study examined how prospective teachers engaged in class discussions within a synchronous, online environment. The findings reveal that the prospective teachers used variety of ways to participate in the online discourse. The participants also responded to the instructor with quick affirmations. The authors found that many of the participants commented on how they appreciated viewing live technology demonstrations and the opportunities to discuss issues related to content, technology, and pedagogy with one another.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: January 11, 2018
3   |   From section Trends in Teacher Education
Negotiating Scripts, Humanizing Practice: Remaking Methods Instruction in an Era of Standardization
This paper highlights two key problems of practice the author faced as the instructor of an elementary literacy methods class for Teach for America corps members in a large, northeastern city during an era characterized by strict state and district control: the deficit perspectives the corps members held of their students and the lack of autonomy they experienced as educators. The author concludes by discussing the implications of this work with particular attention to (1) how various institutions frame teaching and learning, (2) the role of methods courses in interrupting these frames, and (3) the pedagogical possibilities inherent in doing so for both students and teachers.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: August 14, 2017
4   |   From section ICT & Teaching
Instructors' Growth in TPACK: Teaching Technology-Infused Methods Courses to Preservice Teachers
Using a qualitative approach, the authors documented experiences of teacher educators who were content experts and were asked to teach a tech-infused course. The authors found evidence that small changes in their practice were creating larger consequences within their college; it appears the author's professional development model is creating a positive cultural shift.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: August 10, 2017
5   |   From section Instruction in Teacher Training
Examining the Impact of a Simulation Classroom Experience on Teacher Candidates’ S sense of Efficacy in Communicating with English Learners
This pilot study examined the use of a simulation classroom in helping teacher candidates enrolled in a general methods class adjust their communication for English learners (ELs). The findings revealed that the teacher candidates clearly articulated that they felt prepared to educate English learners in mainstream classrooms as a result of course work.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: May 15, 2017
6   |   From section Theories & Approaches
Finding Possibility in Pitfalls: The Role of Permeable Methods Pedagogy in Preservice Teacher Learning
The purpose of this study was to examine how opportunities to learn to teach writing in preservice preparation mediated candidates’ appropriation of tools for teaching writing. In this study, the author compared between tools and processes across two university preparation programs in United States. The author found that while the candidates in the Madrona program demonstrated a fairly sophisticated appropriation of writing workshop tools, the Altavista candidates appropriated a wide array of tools at a surface level. This permeable setting in Madrona program supported candidates to develop habits of thinking about pedagogical tools, habits that facilitated uptake of integrated instructional frameworks. However, methods activity in Altavista program focused almost exclusively on the tools and tasks presented in that setting.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: May 15, 2017
7   |   From section ICT & Teaching
Animations as a Transformational Approximation of Practice for Preservice Teachers to Communicate Professional Noticing
This article explores the use of animations as an approximation of practice to provide a transformational technology experience for elementary mathematics preservice teachers. Findings illuminate preservice teachers’ degrees of specificity, with most preservice teachers being more specific about mathematics in their animations, showing promise for animation as a tool for communicating what is noticed. Further, preservice teachers perceived the use of animations a transformational experience, meaning the technological medium provided learning and access beyond what could have been accomplished without the technological support.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: April 2, 2017
8   |   From section Mentoring & Supervision
Bringing the Teacher into Teacher Preparation: Learning from Mentor Teachers in Joint Methods Activities
This article draws on Lampert’s three-pronged model of teaching practice (Lampert, 2001) to explore the possible contributions of elementary classroom teachers to the learning-to-teach-mathematics experiences of preservice teachers (PSTs). The authors focus on a third-space context in which mentor teachers (MTs), PSTs, and university teacher educators collaborated to plan and analyze task-based problem-solving interviews of children. The authors analyzed the MT's contributions to a third-space activity involving the task-based interview. This analysis also suggests ways in which university teacher educators might enhance the development of methods/field third spaces by anticipating and preparing to leverage MT contributions.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: December 6, 2016
9   |   From section Teacher Educators
Becoming a Teacher Educator: A Self-Study of the Use of Inquiry in a Mathematics Methods Course
This self-study describes the author's transition from teacher to teacher educator. During this transition, the author explored how her beliefs about mathematics teacher education influenced the work of planning and teaching a course for the first time. The transition from teacher to teacher educator is explored through the experience of a course focused on inquiry. Inquiry is embedded within the course from two perspectives: mathematical inquiry and teaching as inquiry. The author concludes that long-term goals related to reflection, career-long learning, and professional growth were what the author felt were missing in the courses she had taken as a teacher candidate, observed as a graduate student, and worked in as a teaching assistant. The tension between the short-term goals of teacher candidates and the long-term goals of the faculty was striking.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: December 6, 2016
10   |   From section Theories & Approaches
Infusing Educational Technology in Teaching Methods Courses: Successes and Dilemmas
In this action research, the authors describe the implementation of a program to infuse technology in general methods courses as a requirement of a teacher preparation program. Results revealed successes and dilemmas of infusing technology into the courses. Candidates ably described prospective use of elements of the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) model, but were less confident of their ability to develop and implement content-based lessons in which P–12 students employed technology to meet content and technology standards.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: November 9, 2016
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