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Theories & Approaches
Thinking with/through the Contradictions of Social Justice in Teacher Education: Self-Reflection on NETDS Experience
This article describes the National Exceptional Teaching for Disadvantaged Schools (NETDS). The purpose of the NETDS is to channel high performing teacher education students to disadvantaged schools. This paper is based on the authors' collective, critical self-reflection on designing and implementing NETDS at University of New England over the last three years. The authors use the taxonomy of three different ideological approaches—conservative, liberal and critical—to school reform as a heuristic device for their self-reflection.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in ITEC: January 14, 2018
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
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