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Teaching Creativity in a Master’s Level Educational Technology Course
This article describes an online course, which was created for engaging in-service teachers in pedagogies and technologies associated with creativity, innovation, and invention; using a variety of technologies in a safe, open, and playful atmosphere to help practicing teachers develop their own creativity; and providing tools for the development of creativity in their own students. Data from this self-assessment were analyzed to measure whether the course activities increased participants’ scores for overall creativity and for eight components of creativity. The results indicated that participants did make a significant overall gain in creativity and in the component areas of Abstraction, Connection, Perspective, and Boldness.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: February 2, 2017
An Investigation into the Contents and Aspects of College Students’ Reflective thoughts during Field Experience Description of concrete experiences
In this study, the researchers designed and implemented a field experience course based on an experiential teaching method (Boud, Cohen, & Walker, 1993). In addition, the study investigated college students’ reflective thoughts and learning aspects. This study suggested that the concepts established through the experiences do not necessarily develop immediately into active experimentation. These results also presented the challenges faced by students during the process of reflection. Because students’ contents of reflective thoughts were relatively lacking in the aspect of active experimentation, the current study recommended that for future design, educators could focus on how to provide learning experiences that bridge reflection to action for students.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: February 2, 2017
Self-study of Practice as a Framework to Promote Growth in the Student Teaching Experience
This work had two purposes. First, the authors wanted to organize an experience for the preservice teachers in which they would engage in inquiry into their own practice. Second, as teacher educators, they hoped to learn about their own practices and the ways they encourage an inquiry stance during student teaching. The authors conclude that introducing self-study to preservice teachers can be a way to encourage deeper understandings of practice and critique-oriented reflective experience that emerged from the data collection, analysis, and collaboration processes. The experience promoted collegial talk among groups and prompted questions about practice that reframed experiences.
Publication Year: 2013    |    Updated in ITEC: January 25, 2017
Pre-service Physical Education Teachers’ Indigenous Knowledge, Cultural Competency and Pedagogy: A Service Learning Intervention
In this article, the authors investigate the effects of a community- and school-based service learning experience (SLE) on pre-service physical education teachers’ Indigenous knowledge, cultural competency and pedagogy. Findings support the design of the SLE, with statistically significant changes in pre-service teachers’ perceptions of their cultural competency. Pre-service teachers were able to challenge their assumptions about Indigenous students, plan and implement student-centred and culturally relevant pedagogies.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: January 25, 2017
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