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Hedges, Helen; Cooper, Maria – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2018
A commitment to long-standing child-centred ideologies and recent emphases on academic outcomes have both perpetuated narrow interpretations of play-based pedagogy in early childhood education. Instead, teachers might proactively and spontaneously deepen children's thinking and understandings related to children's own interests and motivations…
Descriptors: Play, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education, Scientific Concepts
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Chen, Junjun; Brown, Gavin T. L. – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
This study surveyed 1064 Chinese school teachers' approaches to teaching and conceptions of assessment, and examined their inter-relationship using confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling. Three approaches to teaching (i.e. Knowledge Transmission, Student-Focused, and Examination Preparation) and six conceptions of assessment…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Improvement, Accountability, Factor Analysis
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Cameron, Marie; Lovett, Susan – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2015
The Teachers of Promise study has followed the work histories of 57 primary and secondary teachers who had been identified at the beginning of their third year of teaching as having the potential to make a significant contribution to the profession. Using data from surveys and interviews, this paper reports on what sustained or inhibited their…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Coping
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Haworth, Penny; McGee, Alyson; MacIntyre, Lesieli Kupu – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2015
Current professional development initiatives show a preference for whole school approaches. However, pedagogy related to English language learners (ELLs) is often not widely dispersed in New Zealand primary schools, impacting on teacher efficacy with these learners. This paper discusses findings from a qualitative study which aimed to identify…
Descriptors: Educational Change, English Language Learners, Self Efficacy, Qualitative Research
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Wright, Noeline – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2015
In New Zealand schools, the adoption and persistent use of digital tools to aid learning is a growing but uneven, trend, often linked to the practices of early adopters and/or robust wifi infrastructure. The Technology Adoption Model is used internationally to gauge levels of uptake of technological tools, particularly in commerce and also in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Graduate Students, Preservice Teacher Education
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Anderson, Dayle; Clark, Megan – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2012
The nature of knowledge needed for teaching elementary science and the development of such knowledge is a focus of ongoing research in science education. Internationally, there is a move to include scientific literacy as an aim of science education curricula. In order to teach such curricula teachers need two types of subject matter knowledge…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Elementary School Science, Teacher Characteristics, Scientific Principles
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Fletcher, Jo; Grimley, Michael; Greenwood, Janinka; Parkhill, Faye – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2012
There is a significant body of international research indicating that reading instruction does not consistently occur in the final years of primary schooling and progress drops-off as students move through the schooling system. This paper uses case study research to investigate the interactions and the self-perceptions of five literacy leaders,…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Foreign Countries, Reading Processes, Vocabulary Development
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Hedges, Helen – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2012
The spontaneous nature of much early childhood teaching makes it vital to understand the range of knowledge that teachers draw on in their curricular and pedagogical decision-making. Hammersley argued that teaching practice cannot be based directly on research evidence because it needs to be filtered through teachers' experiences and…
Descriptors: Evidence, Early Childhood Education, Childhood Interests, Foreign Countries
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Haworth, Penny – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2008
A teacher's identity is thought to evolve in a continuous, situated fashion, amidst dynamic interaction between cognitive, affective, social, cultural and political factors. However, the literature provides little insight into the impact on the ongoing identity construction of class teachers when they encounter a few students with English as an…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
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Sandretto, Susan; Ballard, Keith; Burke, Pam; Kane, Ruth; Lang, Catherine; Schon, Pamela; Whyte, Barbara – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2007
This article presents conceptualizations of social justice expressed by a group of teacher educators in New Zealand and seeks to reinforce the importance of placing social justice on the agenda of teacher education. It is presented in the form of a reader's theater script designed to elicit discussion and encourage others to reflect critically on…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Scripts, Teacher Education, Educational Change
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Nuttall, Joce – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2006
One characteristic of long day childcare settings in New Zealand is the opportunity for teachers to continuously observe each other at work. Ngaire's story is an account of one teacher's problematic negotiation of her subjectivity (self-as-teacher) in the context of a wider institutional story drawn from Ngaire's colleagues' observations of her…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Personal Narratives, Risk, Interprofessional Relationship
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Thornley, Christina; Parker, Rae; Read, Karon; Eason, Vivienne – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2004
This paper discusses a combined university-school research project involving three associate teachers from the pre-service teacher education degree at the University of Otago, New Zealand in the examination of their literacy teaching practice. The provision of resources for this collaborative study allowed the teachers to design the project in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Foreign Countries, Teacher Researchers, Teacher Educators