Being and Becoming a Mathematics Teacher Educator in and for Differing Contexts: Some Lessons Learned
In this study, the author examines how differing locations and cultural contexts shaped her understandings of being and becoming a mathematics teacher educator. The purpose was to improve the author's own practice, accompanied by the hope that what she learned could also be potentially beneficial to other teacher educators. During this self-study, the author has become convinced that deliberations regarding mathematics education may be futile unless considerations regarding context, or culture, are central to decision-making. She has learned, but frequently must relearn, that she cannot impose his views of mathematics, or mathematics education, on others. Thus she can work toward transforming her practice while, at the same time, supporting teachers as they engage in the hard work of transforming their own.
Publication Year: 2013 | Updated in ITEC: January 25, 2017
Facilitating Self-study of Teacher Education Practices: Toward A Pedagogy of Teacher Educator Professional Development
The present paper reports on a two-year study of a self-study research group facilitation. The pedagogical rationale of the facilitation consisted of four pedagogical principles that served as the theoretical background for the actual facilitating actions and interventions. This was highlighted by formulating these principles as a series of propositions providing clear guidelines for the authors' interventions. The interpretative analysis served as an analytical refinement of these propositions, resulting in a number of amendments to the original phrasing in terms of conditions for successful facilitation of professional development. The authors conclude that contextualized analyses of cases such as these provide exemplary illustrations of what the enactment of general principles from the literature in particular instances of practice might look like and what factors influence that enactment and the possible outcomes.
Publication Year: 2016 | Updated in ITEC: January 25, 2017
Teaching Diversity: A Reflexive Learning Opportunity for a Teacher Educator
This paper reports on a two-year self-study exploring the author's roles and evolving philosophy as an early childhood teacher educator teaching diversity in the US. The author was interested in better understanding how and what she can learn from the complexity of her teaching experiences. She examined, when teaching diversity, how she constructed and navigated her roles, how the students constructed and perceived her roles, and how they have transformed her instructional philosophy and practices. The findings illustrated a dynamic and tension-filled experience of a teacher educator teaching diversity in the US as a perceived outsider, suggesting that it was a reflexive learning opportunity.
Publication Year: 2016 | Updated in ITEC: January 3, 2017
A Teacher Educator Learns How to Learn from Mistakes: Single and Double-loop Learning for Facilitators of In-service Teacher Education
This study explores the role that teacher educators themselves may play in instances of limited success. The first author used self-study to explore how his framing of his facilitation role created a defensive rather than an open-to-learning professional development experience. This article has described how, despite being skilled in teaching, the first author was not skilled in helping teachers learn, at least initially. By building on the work of Argyris and Scho¨n (1974), this article describes a self-study process that involves using transcripts to infer the beliefs and values that underpin in-service educators’ decisions about how to act.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in ITEC: January 3, 2017