Preservice Teachers’ Perceptions of Challenging Behavior
The goal of this study was to examine (a) preservice teacher perceptions of student and teacher behavior during scenarios of challenging behavior, (b) alternative solutions or strategies in examining the teacher’s role in the scenarios, (c) perceptions of challenging behaviors that may present the greatest difficulty in their future positions, and (d) their attitudes and opinions regarding challenging behavior in the classroom.
Publication Year: 2016 | Updated in ITEC: February 1, 2017
Measuring Pre-service Teachers’ Asia Literacy and their Preparedness to Teach Asia
The present study sought to identify the Asia literacy needs of 54 undergraduate pre-service students in a teacher education programme of study at a regional university. The results indicated that few respondents considered themselves to be Asia literate and most did not believe they were ready to teach about Asia. However, the majority of respondents wanted to know more about Asia prior to graduation. The results indicate that much needs to be done to support students and universities in preparing students to teach about Asia.
Publication Year: 2016 | Updated in ITEC: January 25, 2017
Critical Considerations in Becoming Literacy Educators: Pre-service Teachers Rehearsing Agency and Negotiating Risk
This paper looks closely at the talk of two pre-service teachers over time to examine how they used language as a way of rehearsing their evolving agency as literacy educators. Analysis reveals that because pre-service teachers rehearse agency over time via language, such agency can be developed in teacher education coursework and field experiences. Findings indicate four recommendations to foster agency: rehearsals over time, dissonance to the point of frustration, observations and approximations in field experiences, and interactional spaces for critical reflection.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in ITEC: January 3, 2017
Using Concept Maps to Elicit and Study Student Teachers’ Perceptions about Inclusive Education: A Tanzanian Experience
In this study, concept map exercises were used to trigger student teachers’ thinking about the inclusion of students with disabilities in the regular learning settings. The results show that the construction of concept maps by small groups of student teachers has the potential to engage students in lively discussions, and to contribute to creative and reflective thinking. An analysis of the content of the 134 maps that were constructed identified ten main themes about inclusive education. Three of the themes dealt with pupils’ well-being, particpation in school activities and learning. Two dealt with a teacher’s situation. Five dealt with school resources and policy issues.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in ITEC: December 27, 2016