Peer group Mentoring for Teacher Development

Author: Hannu Heikkinen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415529360
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book explores the theoretical and practical background for developing the peer-group mentoring model, and provides important contextual information about the Finnish school system in which it was conceptualised, and also about teacher education. It presents several empirical studies on applying the PGM model with primary and secondary school teachers in different school contexts, and outlines future challenges; examining peer-group mentoring in the framework of wider practice architectures of teacher education.

Models of Mentoring in Language Teacher Education

Author: Hoa Thi Mai Nguyen
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319441515
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This volume examines the theoretical and practical issues related to mentoring/peer mentoring as a support and development strategy for both pre-service and in-service language teachers, and thereby offers a practical and empirical introduction to the field. A stimulating and thorough examination of mentoring and peer mentoring, integrating theory and practice as applied in language teacher education in an Asian specific context. The author discusses findings from a variety of qualitative and quantitative research studies in the light of previous research and in the context of teacher learning theories. Teachers, teacher educators, teacher trainers, supervisory coordinators and administrators will find practical advice, while the volume will be a valuable source of research information for researchers in teacher education and EFL teacher education, in particular for those who wish to employ mentoring or peer mentoring as an approach to teachers’ professional development.

Exploring Education and Professional Practice

Author: Kathleen Mahon
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9811022194
Format: PDF
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This book was written to help people understand and transform education and professional practice. It presents and extends the theory of practice architectures, and offers a contemporary account of what practices are composed of and how practices shape and are shaped by the arrangements with which they are enmeshed in sites of practice. Through its empirically-based case chapters, the book demonstrates how the theory of practice architectures can be used as a theoretical, analytical, and transformational resource to generate insights that have important implications for practice, theory, policy, and research in education and professional practice. These insights relate to how practices are shaped by arrangements (and other practices) present in specific sites of practice, including early childhood education settings, schools, adult education, and workplaces. They also relate to how practices create distinctive intersubjective spaces, so that people encounter one another in particular ways (a) in particular semantic spaces, (b) that are realised in particular locations and durations in physical space-time, and (c) in particular social spaces. By applying such insights, readers can work towards changing practices by transforming the practice architectures that make them possible.

A Practicum Turn in Teacher Education

Author: Matts Mattsson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9460917119
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Challenges to practicum! The authors have explored professional practice knowledge and the ways practicum is dealt with in teacher education. They report from Research and Development projects based on collaboration between universities and school communities. Empirical studies have been carried out in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Communication about practicum is reframed. Preservice teachers’ experiences during practicum serve as a point of departure for improving teacher education. The book is a must for everyone committed to quality in initial teacher education, including preservice teachers, school leaders and local supervisors. “This volume explores new and different ways to think about the construction and evaluation of the practicum that students encounter. Contributors ask the reader to consider the assumptions that the practicum is based on, question these assumptions and strive to find new and better ways to contribute to the autonomy, professionalism, and moral development of emerging teachers. The focus is clearly on creating conversational and learning spaces for students that encourage them to think explicitly about theory and its application to practice and vice versa. The book not only challenges our thinking but also provides rich examples of research and evaluation in this area, which help us to hear the voices of those involved in the practicum in fresh and insightful ways.” Reflections by Roslin Brennan Kemmis, Head of the School of Education, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia

International Teacher Education

Author: Cheryl J. Craig
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1784411353
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The book fills a gaping hole in the teacher education literature. Nowhere is there a volume that globally surveys teacher education pedagogies and invites international scholars to describe the most productive ones in their home countries.

Mentoring

Author: Michael I. Keel
Publisher: Nova Science Pub Incorporated
ISBN:
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This book examines the importance of mentoring relationships. Mentoring is important to individual career development. Thus, the potential benefits of mentoring on a professional scale are addressed, regardless of career stage. Findings from a constructivist grounded theory study, that examined rural nurses' experiences of mentoring, is presented in this book. Multicultural models of mentoring relationships are also examined, which are necessary given the changing demographics of our society. Recommendations for developing positive multicultural mentoring relationships and future directions in research and training are looked at as well. Furthermore, mid-career is the most appropriate period for taking on mentoring responsibilities. Thus, a conceptual analysis of the relationships between the mentor's career stage and the mentoring process are analysed. This book also describes the attitudes, characteristics, and practices of effective mentoring of student teachers on students as well as the effect peer-mentoring has on disabled persons. Future directions of peer-mentoring and disability are addressed as well.

Transitions and Transformations in Learning and Education

Author: Paivi Tynjala
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400723113
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The breakneck speed of change in today’s societies creates enormous challenges for educational institutions at all levels. This volume explores ways how to manage change in educational processes and contexts, focusing, in particular, on the concepts of transition and transformation. How do we educate a skilled workforce, sensitive professionals and responsive citizens who are able not only to cope with change but also to adopt required roles as agents of change? How do we prepare students and employees to cope adequately with changes and transitions in their careers and personal lives? The first of this book’s three sections deals with the conceptual and theoretical aspects of transition, transformational processes and human development. It defines these concepts and examines the ways in which educational theory and praxis understand concepts of change and development. The second section presents empirical studies that offer differing perspectives on educational transitions, covering the lifespan from early years education to lifelong learning. The third part of the volume focuses on issues of learning and pedagogy and argues that educational practices should change with the changing world. With numerous concrete examples included in the analysis, and with studies taking a range of forms from personal histories to large-scale surveys, this new book is a major addition to the literature in a field that has key implications for our future. The first of this book’s three sections deals with the conceptual and theoretical aspects of transition, transformational processes and human development. It defines these concepts and examines the ways in which educational theory and praxis understand concepts of change and development. The second section presents empirical studies that offer differing perspectives on educational transitions, covering the lifespan from early years education to lifelong learning. The third part of the volume focuses on issues of learning and pedagogy and argues that educational practices should change with the changing world. With numerous concrete examples included in the analysis, and with studies taking a range of forms from personal histories to large-scale surveys, this new book is a major addition to the literature in a field that has key implications for our future.

The Power of Peer Coaching

Author: Lynda C. McDermott
Publisher: American Society for Training and Development
ISBN: 156286792X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Peer coaching is a powerful process for enabling two or more people, who share common interests or goals, to collaborate in helping one another become more successful in their work or personal lives. This Infoline focuses on the many benefits the process of peer coaching can have on the corporate world.

Past Present and Future Research on Teacher Induction

Author: Jian Wang, Director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN: 1607097648
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book's importance is derived from three sources: (1) careful conceptualization of teacher induction from historical, methodological, and international perspectives; (2) systematic reviews of research literature relevant to various aspects of teacher induction including its social, cultural, and political contexts, program components and forms, and the range of its effects; (3) substantial empirical studies on the important issues of teacher induction with different kinds of methodologies that exemplify future directions and approaches to the research in teacher induction.