Redefining Teacher Preparation

Author: Caroline M. Crawford, Ph.D
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1475839197
Format: PDF, ePub
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The text focuses upon redefining teacher preparation through learning from experience pertaining to advocacy, equity, leadership, and professionalism for classroom teachers as associated teacher educators in all settings. The chapters highlight Association of Teacher Educators Standards and offer connections to classroom educators at all stages.

Redefining Teacher Development

Author: Jonathan Neufeld
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135220026
Format: PDF
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Has any occupational group been the subject of as much research as elementary or primary school teachers? Written by a former elementary school teacher, this intensive study considers how the foundations of the ongoing teacher reform movement have appealed to researchers through its successive stages. By tracing these ideas back to their historical roots, Jonathan Neufeld illustrates how they actually descend from the physical and biological sciences rather than from student/teacher relationships. Neufeld’s in-depth analysis of economic trends during the 20th century shows how economic and educational reforms are closely related. He demonstrates how the century-long movement to develop teachers became obsessed with turning them into soldiers of a failing economy. This book rewrites the existing foundations and outlines a future direction that will excite researchers and practitioners alike. It introduces alternative theoretical foundations and propositions to inspire innovative discussions about teachers’ continuing educational development and what it could mean to teach children in classrooms. Since the publication of A Nation at Risk in 1982, "teacher development" has become a universal term, used to express an international movement to professionalize teachers. But imagine if the foundations of this research had little to do with life in the classroom. How would we then begin to discover what "development" means to practising teachers? Redefining Teacher Development will appeal to researchers in teacher instruction and development, as well as practising teachers with an interest in how research has conceptualised their field.

Teacher Education in Challenging Times

Author: Philip M Bamber
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317373383
Format: PDF, Docs
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Teacher education is experiencing a period of dramatic and arguably irrevocable change within a wider context of turbulence in the English education system. With contributions from a range of teacher educators and academics in the field, Teacher Education in Challenging Times presents sustainable, robust, and informed responses to the challenges posed by the current unrest in the education sector. This book considers the nature of teacher professionalism, the nurturing of truly collaborative partnerships between universities, schools and other agencies, and developments in practice with tangible impact for children and young people. Drawing on important research and illustrations of policy and practice from England and other countries, chapters present a series of counter-cultural ideas, principles and practices that respond to pressing challenges facing educators in a range of contexts. Positive and forward-looking, this book offers a robust defence of the present need for high-quality teacher education in challenging times. This book is a timely contribution to an international debate about the future of teacher educators and should be of key interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of teacher education, philosophy and sociology of education, policy and politics of education, and pedagogy. It will also appeal to a range of practitioners, including trainers, local authority officers, professional groups, educational service providers, and educational and school improvement consultants.

Teaching Genius

Author: Chris Edwards
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN: 1610488156
Format: PDF, Mobi
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History and philosophy of science provide a deep well of lessons and analogies for educators. Drawing on history, philosophy, theoretical physics, neuroscience, and the best scholarship on teacher practice, presents a new vision for educational reform, one which is shaped by teachers and framed by history.

Teacher Professional Development in Changing Conditions

Author: Douwe Beijaard
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 140203699X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book presents some highlights from the deliberations of the 2003 conference of the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching (ISATT). Part 1 presents the five keynote addresses of the conference, while Parts 2 through 4 present selected papers related to each of three sub-themes: knowledge construction and learning to teach, perspectives on teachers’ personal and professional lives, and teachers’ workplace as context for learning. The chapters in this book provide an array of approaches to understanding the process of teacher learning within the current context of the changing workplace environment. They also provide an important international perspective on the complex issues revolving around the international educational reform movement. Basically, they show how teachers’ workplace (inside and outside schools) are more than ever subject to continuous change and that, subsequently, standards for teaching must be flexible to these changing conditions. This asks for a redefinition of teacher professionalism in which the role of context in teacher learning is emphasized as well as the improvement of the quality of teacher thinking and learning. Related to the ever-changing context of teaching, a dynamic approach to teaching and teacher learning is required, in which identity development is crucial. Researchers have an important role to play in revealing and explaining how teachers can build their professional identity, through self-awareness and reflection, in the ever-changing educational contexts throughout the world.

Educating Teachers of Science Mathematics and Technology

Author: Committee on Science and Mathematics Teacher Preparation
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309070333
Format: PDF
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Each new headline about American students' poor performance in math and science leads to new calls for reform in teaching. Education Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology puts the whole picture together by synthesizing what we know about the quality of math and science teaching, drawing conclusions about why teacher preparation needs reform, and then outlining recommendations for accomplishing the most important goals before us. As a framework for addressing the task, the book advocates partnerships among school districts, colleges, and universities, with contributions from scientists, mathematicians, teacher educators, and teachers. It then looks carefully at the status of the education reform movement and explores the motives for raising the bar for how well teachers teach and how well students learn. Also examined are important issues in teacher professionalism: what teachers should be taught about their subjects, the utility of in-service education, the challenge of program funding, and the merits of credentialing. Professional Development Schools are reviewed and vignettes presented that describe exemplary teacher development practices.

International Handbook of Educational Change

Author: Andy Hargreaves
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9401149445
Format: PDF
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The International Handbook of Educational Change is a state of the art collection of the most important ideas and evidence of educational change. The book brings together some of the most influential thinkers and writers on educational change. It deals with issues like educational innovation, reform, restructuring, culture-building, inspection, school-review, and change management. It asks why some people resist change and what their resistance means. It looks at how men and women, older teachers and younger teachers, experience change differently. It looks at the positive aspects of change but does not hesitate to raise uncomfortable questions about many aspects of educational change either. It looks critically and controversially at the social, economic, cultural and political forces that are driving educational change. School leaders, system administration, teacher leaders, consultants, facilitators, educational researchers, staff developers and change agents of all kinds will find this book an indispensable resource for guiding them to both classic and cutting-edge understandings of educational change, no other work provides as comprehensive coverage of the field of educational change.

Rethinking Teaching

Author: Mickey Kolis
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1475801068
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Veteran teacher Mickey Kolis invites you to reflect on how you “do learning” in your classroom. From making assignments meaningful to students to assessing the results, Rethinking Teaching explores key ideas for creating environments where students want to learn.

Redefining Smart

Author: Thom Markham
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1506304621
Format: PDF
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Equip Your Students To Create Their Own Intellectual Destiny! The best teachers are the ones who can empower students to ask intelligent questions and persistently seek the answers. In this book you’ll find a proven, detailed method for how to do this, by learning: A groundbreaking new approach to content delivery and instruction, geared towards maximizing student discovery, deep thought, exploration and creativity Why educators must let go of student IQ as a concept that influences teaching methods in any way How to create a protocol-driven environment that fosters deep sharing and reflection