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Theories & Approaches
Postcolonial teacher education reform in Namibia: Travelling of policies and ideas
This article reviews the impact of an educational reform in Namibia in the early 1990s called the Integrated Teacher Training Programme (ITTP), which was an outcome of collaboration between the South West African People’s Organisation (SWAPO), the liberation movement and teacher educators from Sweden and other Western countries. Research questions posed concerned: (1) the ITTP’s perceived impact on the participants’ private and professional lives; and (2) the ITTP’s impact on the participants’ views on knowledge and education in relation to democracy. This follow-up study indicates that the ITTP was crucial for the participants’ professional careers and private lives. The majority saw education as a key to democracy and social transformation, and considered themselves as important actors at local, regional and national levels in forwarding these aims.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: April 4, 2017
What Unites Us All: Establishing Special Education Teacher Education Universals
This article searched in twenty-four English language journals from different countries representing four continents for special education teacher education universals, represented by four broadly defined categories: (a) policy, (b) practice, (c) pedagogy, and (d) teacher preparation/co-curricular activities.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: April 4, 2017
Toward a Model of Explaining Teachers’ Innovative Behavior: A Literature Review
In this systematic literature review, the authors develop a preliminary model of factors that enhance innovative behavior in educational organizations. Similar to findings of studies in other human behavior fields, self-efficacy plays an important role as well as a variety of individual and environmental factors. Based on this review, the authors urge for more systematic research on teacher innovative behavior to enhance the future quality of education.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: March 29, 2017
Building Adaptive Expertise and Practice-Based Evidence: Applying the Implementation Stages Framework to Special Education Teacher Preparation
In this paper, the authors describe a capstone project that meets these needs and prepares pre-service special educators for their role in the development of practice-based evidence. These aims align well with the Council for Exceptional Children’s Professional Standards. To describe this project and how it meets these aims, the authors used the Implementation Stages framework. Outcomes reflect an increase in pre-service special educators’ ability to research and design usable interventions based on evidence-based practices.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: March 19, 2017
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