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Tam, Angela Choi Fung – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
This qualitative study aimed to explore Hong Kong pre-service teachers' beliefs about the potential benefits of a short-term study abroad programme and their practices. Pre- and post-programme semi-structured interviews and reflective journals were employed to collect data. The findings suggest that the transformation of beliefs into practices…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs
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Ahmed Hersi, Afra; Horan, Deborah A.; Lewis, Mark A. – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
This article explores the development of a professional learning community through a case study of three teachers--an ESOL specialist, a literacy specialist, and a fifth-grade teacher--who engaged in co-teaching and collaboration. The emerging community of practice offered these teachers a space to learn and problem-solve by utilizing their…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Sisson, Jamie Huff – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
Human agency is significant to the understanding of professional identities and actions. It is through human agency that individuals can become powerful in changing or authoring their own identities. Stemming from a larger narrative inquiry focused on understanding the professional identities of public preschool teachers, this paper draws on…
Descriptors: Critical Incidents Method, Professional Identity, Preschool Teachers, Public School Teachers
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Kullberg, Angelika; Runesson, Ulla; Marton, Ference; Vikström, Anna; Nilsson, Pernilla; Mårtensson, Pernilla; Häggström, Johan – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
Twelve lower secondary schoolteachers in mathematics and science were asked to teach a topic of their choice during a lesson that was video-recorded. We were able to analyse 10 of the cases and we found that all of them were similar in one respect: concepts and principles were introduced one at a time, each one followed by examples of the concept…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Communities of Practice, Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods
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Markic, Silvija; Eilks, Ingo; Mamlok-Naaman, Rachel; Hugerat, Muhamad; Kortam, Naji; Dkeidek, Iyad; Hofstein, Avi – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
This paper presents a study focusing on differences in Israeli Jewish and Arab chemistry teachers' beliefs regarding teaching and learning of chemistry in the upper secondary schools. Israel is a country experiencing the problems of diverse cultural orientation of its inhabitants but applying the same educational system to its diverse cultural…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Qualitative Research, Teacher Attitudes
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Wan, Sally Wai-Yan – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
Catering for learner diversity is one of the key areas in the recent educational reform in Hong Kong. Pre-service teacher education acts as a fundamental way to equip pre-service teachers ready for accommodating diverse learning needs and to build up pre-service teachers' self-efficacy. The purpose of the study is to examine prospective teachers'…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Classroom Techniques, Questionnaires, Focus Groups
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Ning, Hoi Kwan; Lee, Daphnee; Lee, Wing On – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
The development of teacher professional learning communities (PLC) has attracted growing attention among practitioners, policy-makers and researchers. The aims of this study were to identify typologies of professional learning teams based on measures of professional learning engagement, and assess their linkages with teachers' value orientations.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Multivariate Analysis, Values
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Mazzoli Smith, Laura; Campbell, Robert James – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
The education of students identified as "gifted" has had a highly problematic history, having been judged as conceptually confused, socially and ethnically discriminatory, and educationally exclusive. Despite this, it is argued that contemporary research and scholarship critiquing the concepts of giftedness and gifted education…
Descriptors: Gifted, Teacher Education, Equal Education, Inclusion
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Cheng, Annie Y. N.; Tang, Sylvia Y. F.; Cheng, May M. H. – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
Understanding student teachers' development of conceptions of teaching and learning is critical for teacher educators. Drawing from the findings of a four-year longitudinal study in Hong Kong, this paper examines the trajectories of the student teachers' changing conceptions of teaching and learning approaches throughout their undergraduate…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Longitudinal Studies, Instruction, Learning Processes
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van Ginkel, Gisbert; Oolbekkink, Helma; Meijer, Paulien C.; Verloop, Nico – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
Being adaptive to the individual novice teacher is considered a condition for effective teacher mentoring. The aims of this study are therefore to explore (1) mentoring activities through which mentors intend to adapt to the individual novice teacher and (2) characteristics of adaptive mentors. Information was collected through on-site,…
Descriptors: Mentors, Individual Differences, Novices, Individualized Instruction
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Admiraal, Wilfried; Berry, Amanda – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
In teacher education programmes, written portfolios or text-based self-evaluations are generally used to document the development of student teachers' competence. However, such approaches do no justice to the complex nature of teaching as they tend to lead to evidence in which teacher competencies are disconnected and removed from the actual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Student Teachers, Video Technology
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Davis, Beth; Murphy, M. Shaun – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
This paper inquires into the experiences of an early childhood educator named Claire who taught a young girl with a chronic illness at East Willows Elementary School, a western Canadian elementary school. Using narrative inquiry as the methodology, Claire's experiences in her curriculum making alongside Madeline a young girl with Turner syndrome…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Chronic Illness, Genetic Disorders, Early Childhood Education
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Kello, Katrin – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
Teaching sensitive and controversial issues (SCIs) is of growing interest in contemporary, increasingly heterogeneous societies. In democracies, different groups and institutions expect their values and worldviews to be conveyed at school. On one hand, there is the expectation that SCIs should be treated neutrally. On the other hand, there are…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Social Studies, Civics
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Tang, Sylvia Y. F.; Wong, Angel K. Y.; Cheng, May M. H. – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
The relative contributions of higher education and schools, and hence the conceptual and practical aspects of ITE, to student teachers' professional learning have been an issue of concern in teacher education. This article reports a mixed-methods study showing the relationship between student teachers' engagement with the practical and conceptual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Mixed Methods Research
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Allen, David – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
The use of teacher peer groups is a prevalent strategy for school-based professional development and instructional improvement. Facilitation of such groups is an increasingly vital dimension of teacher leadership as a component of school improvement efforts. Drawing on a qualitative study of facilitation of teacher peer groups, the article…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Facilitators (Individuals), Faculty Development, Professional Identity
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