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Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Science Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Science Content Knowledge
This study aims to examine relationships between preservice teachers’ science self-efficacy beliefs and science content knowledge in the context of a specialized physics course designed for elementary preservice teachers. The findings indicated statistically significant gains in participants’ science self-efficacy beliefs and science conceptual understandings. Furthermore, it was found that there was a positive moderate relationship between gains in science conceptual understandings and gains in personal science teaching efficacy beliefs. These results strongly suggest positive changes in participants' science self-efficacy beliefs. In addition, participants felt confident in the science content learned in the course and felt comfortable teaching it.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: January 14, 2018
Pre-service Teachers’ Use of Tools to Systematically Analyze Teaching and Learning
In this study, the authors explore how pre-service teachers who were introduced to a framework for analyzing teaching in a video-based teacher education course. The authors drew on this tool to analyze their own practice after the conclusion of the course. The findings reveal that providing pre-service teachers with tools to analyze teaching can support them in learning to systematically study teaching and learning. In addition, the authors identified the ways that participants construct substantive analyses that meet this criteria. Moreover, they identified alternative approaches participants use for analyzing practice.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: January 14, 2018
Changing the way to Teach Maths: Preservice Primary Teachers’ Reflections on using Exploratory Talk in Teaching Mathematics
This study aimed to examine the preservice teachers’ reflections on the contingent situations of a microteaching experience based on exploratory talk, in order to better understand preservice teachers’ emerging awareness of teaching and learning in mathematics. The findings suggest that the experience had impacted on the preservice teachers’ professional development in some ways. All the participants seemed to have valued the experience, and so may have been sensitised to work with their students in an informed way. However, some preservice teachers said that the experience had changed their beliefs in using talk as a teaching approach; and even that the experience had changed the way they wanted to teach mathematics. Others argued that the experience had raised awareness of the difficulties in working this way.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: January 14, 2018
Exploring Pre-service Secondary Teachers’ Understanding of Care
This study investigates how pre-service teachers understand their caring role and their potential responsibility to care for students. The authors conclude that it was shown that within an Australian teaching and learning context ‘care’ was valued among these pre-service secondary teachers. However, the findings identified student tensions around discipline, boundary issues as well as anxiety about decision-making when faced with various caring dilemmas. Furthermore, the results revealed that these anxieties were underpinned by concerns about the limited training in this area.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2017
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