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Teacher Education in Schools as Learning Communities: Transforming High-Poverty Schools through Dialogic Learning
The purpose of this article is to analyse how teachers' specific professional development is built in four cases in South American countries. Furthermore, the study examines the main features of this training. The authors used communicative methodology of research. The authors note that the importance of this exploratory study lies in identifying key components that may enable the transfer of the project to other schools and contexts. This professional development provides teachers, families and their communities with research-based knowledge and tools to improve students’ learning, social and emotional development.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2017
“I Want to Listen to My Students’ Lives”: Developing an Ecological Perspective in Learning to Teach
In this article, the authors used ecological perspective to prepare preservice teachers to be attentive and responsive to their students. The authors want to prepare teachers to perceive their students as complex beings who navigate in different contexts such as home, school and community. The authors conclude that the Teaching and Learning Together project at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges provides structures, scaffolding, and support to build awareness among prospective teachers. Such support allows preservice teachers to acknowledge the complexity of the educational process and prepare themselves to be teachers who will embrace, and structure opportunities for their own students.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: November 7, 2017
Teachers’ Professional Knowledge for Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Assessing the Outcomes of Teacher Education
This paper offers a conceptualization and operationalization of the professional knowledge of future middle school teachers for teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), whom the authors directly assessed using tests developed by the research group. The authors conclude that test score differences by phase and program as shown in this study are well aligned to certain priorities laid down in the initial teacher education curriculum. The authors consider this as evidence for the curricular validity of the tests. The authors suggest that the tests could be used to inform about learning progress of student teachers throughout their teacher preparation program.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: September 27, 2017
Knowing and Understanding More About Teaching and Learning as an Activity
In this article, the author is talking about non-formal education. The goals, content, methods of teaching, ways of achievement measuring, and all the other aspects of non-formal education can differ widely. Also, teachers working in non-formal education can be very different from each other from many aspects, e.g., the training they got before starting any type of non-formal teaching. They can also be different if they had or still have any experience in mainstream education ("schooling"). We should pay much more attention to non-formal education than we did typically, i.e., without thinking that non-formal education would be better than formal education or the opposite. They are different, but based on the same roots. There are dozens of crucial issues such as What kinds of knowledge can be constructed in non-formal education?
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in ITEC: September 12, 2017
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