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Stout, Rosana Mary; Cumming-Potvin, Wendy; Wildy, Helen – McGill Journal of Education, 2017
This paper is drawn from a mixed methods study, which examined the leadership practices of teachers in the Level Three Classroom Teachers program in Western Australia. Three archetypal characters, the Torch Bearer, Weary Juggler, and Heckler, are used to represent the diverse leadership experiences of these "expert" teachers and the…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Mixed Methods Research, Foreign Countries, Leadership Styles
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Niyubahwe, Aline; Mukamurera, Joséphine; Jutras, France – McGill Journal of Education, 2013
This literature review article investigates the professional integration of teachers recently immigrated to Canada and other western countries. Its findings reveal a number of obstacles to the integration of immigrant teachers into the teaching profession. The review summarizes different initiatives facilitating or hampering immigrant teachers'…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Teacher Characteristics
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Anderson, Michael James; Freebody, Kelly J. – McGill Journal of Education, 2012
Teacher education in universities is under pressure. In many new education policies there is a renewed focus on teacher quality, and therefore quality initial teacher education. In some countries this renewed focus has led to a resurgence of "alternative approaches" to teacher education such as Teach for America / Australia. One of the…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teacher Education, Curriculum Development
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Cumming-Potvin, Wendy Marie – McGill Journal of Education, 2012
Aiming to extend sociocultural theory about the teaching and learning of literacies, this article reports on data from a qualitative study underpinned by a sociocultural framework (Rogoff, 1990; Vygotsky, 1986). Conducted in an Australian university community, the project tracked a group of pre-service teachers engaging in scaffolded literacy…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Preservice Teachers
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Loughland, Tony – McGill Journal of Education, 2012
The Federal Government in Australia has recently established Centres for Excellence in Teacher Education. These Centres represent a power shift towards schools in teacher education and away from centralised bureaucracies and university faculties of education. Given this shift, it is interesting to examine other historical and current school-based…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Federal Government, Professional Development Schools
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Cumming-Potvin, Wendy Marie; MacCallum, Judith – McGill Journal of Education, 2010
Aiming to elucidate the relationship between social capital and intergenerational practice within mentoring, this article presents data from a case study of the School Volunteer Program in Western Australia. Drawing on situated learning theory and the concept of community of practice (Lave & Wenger, 1991; Wenger, 1998; Wenger, McDermott, &…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Mentors, Intergenerational Programs, Volunteer Training
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Van Heertum, Richard; Share, Jeff – McGill Journal of Education, 2006
A broader view of literacy has emerged as part of the larger debate about educational reform across the globe. Many now argue that availing children with additional skills in technological and media literacy will foster creativity, motivate youth, and improve their economic opportunities while increasing the core of high skilled labourers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Economic Opportunities, Educational Change
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Martino, Wayne; Kehler, Michael – McGill Journal of Education, 2006
In this paper, we interrogate the call for more male role models within the context of boys' education debates in Australia and North America. We explicate links between failing masculinities and this call for more male teachers, arguing that the debate is driven by a "recuperative masculinity politics" committed to addressing the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Politics, Role Models, Masculinity
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Cumming-Potvin, Wendy – McGill Journal of Education, 2004
This paper adopts a sociocultural perspective on learning (Vygotsky, 1978, 1986) to explore connections between the concept of voicing (Bakhtin 1981, 1986) and a Year four student's second language learning in Australia. Results are drawn from a qualitative study conducted in the Australian outback, through ethnographic research strategies, which…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sociocultural Patterns, Ethnography, Second Language Learning
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Dorman, Jeffrey P.; Ferguson, Janet M. – McGill Journal of Education, 2004
Research investigating the relationship between classroom environment and self-handicapping was conducted in Australian and Canadian high schools. A sample of 2,006 students responded to a questionnaire that assessed student perceptions of classroom environment and self-handicapping. Simple and multiple correlational analyses showed that classroom…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Classroom Environment, Foreign Countries, High School Students
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Kaplan, Gisela; Eckermann, Anne-Katrin – McGill Journal of Education, 1996
Observes the activities and characteristics of Aboriginal children in an Aboriginal school and compares these to the culture shock and alienation experienced when they transfer to a mainstream school. Identifies five major stressors of culture shock as mechanical differences, communication, attitudes and beliefs, customs, and isolation. (MJP)
Descriptors: Alienation, Cultural Isolation, Cultural Maintenance, Culture Conflict
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Maxwell, T. W.; Hansford, Brian; Bennett, Tony – McGill Journal of Education, 1997
Focuses on Aboriginal students' perceptions of their lives in schools and their teachers and their aspirations. Indicates that students have a vocational orientation to school life, do not have high self-esteem, admire teachers' interpersonal characteristics, and perceive teachers' expectations to differ from peers' expectations. Identifies…
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Culture Conflict, Foreign Countries, Higher Education