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Focused Career Choices: How Teacher Educators Can Assist Students with Purposeful Career Decision-Making throughout a Teacher Education Program
In this paper, the authors illuminate aspects of career choice and conflict for teacher education students seeking initial Licensure. They also address foundational knowledge on career decision-making. The authors review studies to understand why people decide to pursue a career in teaching, despite the high turnover in this profession. The authors conclude that the literature reviewed indicates that direct career decision-making is either not being frequently conducted within teacher education programs or it is not seen as an important aspect of research. This paper argues that a teacher education program should be such an inviting and trustworthy place, where students can engage in quiet or in conversation to ensure that they are pursuing the career that is right for them.
Publication Year: 2011    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2017
The Professional Path to Become a Teacher Educator: The Experience of Chilean Teacher Educators
The purpose of this study was to understand the process through which a teacher becomes a teacher educator, considering all of the associated variables both personal and professional. The findings reveal that the majority of the participants indicated that they did not receive any kind of support with respect to their professional induction, especially during their early years as teacher educators. Additionally, the findings suggest that the teacher educator’s approach to teaching will be different especially if the teacher educator works simultaneously in a school and in a teacher education program. Hence, teacher educators who work both in a school and teacher education programs teach based on their practical experience as a school teacher.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2017
Fostering Teacher Educators’ Professional Development in Research and in Supervising Student Teachers’ Research
Teacher educators, who work at institutes for higher vocational education, should now engage in research. Hence, they suppose to become familiar with research knowledge and skills. Furthermore, they have to supervise student teachers in conducting research. This study explored whether and how different professional development activities for teacher educators contribute to the tasks set. The authors found that all activities influenced the participants’ opinions about practice-based research as a concept and about the need to add research as a new task within teacher education. Furthermore, it was found that all the participants claimed to have increased their knowledge about research developed a better understanding of research skills.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: November 7, 2017
Embracing Institutional Authority: The Emerging Identity of a Novice Teacher Educator
This article examines how various aspects of the first author's identity, i.e. natural, institutional, discursive, and affinity, intersected during his first semester as teacher educator. The experience of the novice teacher educator revealed that his preoccupation with students’ perceptions of who he was as a teacher and as an individual prevented any substantial consideration of the kind of teacher educator he wanted to be. Given the insecurities often tied to this new professional identity, the authors argue that it is important to consider and negotiate the pedagogical and professional development of first-time teacher educators.The authors believe that an emphasis on community should be promoted in order to enhance the possibilities of teacher education. They say that novice teacher educators should be surrounded by like-minded individuals who function as both critical friends and a supportive community.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: October 15, 2017
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