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Editorial Introduction, Gordon Wells Jul 2004

Editorial Introduction, Gordon Wells

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

This issue of Networks has two major themes: teacher preparation, and approaches to teaching math, literature and writing in the school classroom.


A School-Based Project: Increasing Ontario Pre-Service Teacher Candidates' Experiences With Cultural Diversity, Frank Brathwaite, Brad Porfilio Jul 2004

A School-Based Project: Increasing Ontario Pre-Service Teacher Candidates' Experiences With Cultural Diversity, Frank Brathwaite, Brad Porfilio

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

This paper details a service-learning project involving thirty-two Ontario, White pre-service teachers in Buffalo, New York. We provided reflective activities to help future teachers develop an awareness and understanding of how unjust educational practices inhibit the educational performance of marginalized students. Although fourteen students did increase their awareness of urban school conditions and communities, we also learned that neither our teaching nor the service-project pushed eighteen participants to 'see' how educational practices work to perpetuate the racial and social class structure. Armed with this knowledge, we recognized that more time and energy must be expended to create research activities as ...


Mentoring The Mentor: Tales From Learning The Practice Of Field-Based Teacher Education, Patricia Norman Jul 2004

Mentoring The Mentor: Tales From Learning The Practice Of Field-Based Teacher Education, Patricia Norman

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

While completing my doctorate at Michigan State University, I served as a university liaison in its five-year teacher certification program. Teacher candidates enter the program as juniors, take two years of courses combined with field experiences then complete a year-long internship with a single classroom teacher who accepts primary responsibility for guiding and assessing interns' learning. Interns are placed in small cohorts of six to eight per school. University liaisons -- typically MSU graduate students -- work with interns at a single school and help them set personal learning goals, confer with them and their mentors about their planning and teaching, offer ...


A Rush Of Connections And Insights, A Glorious Moment Of Clarity, Gary E. Davis, Mercedes A. Mcgowen Jul 2004

A Rush Of Connections And Insights, A Glorious Moment Of Clarity, Gary E. Davis, Mercedes A. Mcgowen

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

For several years we have been interested in pre-service teachers' memory for mathematical episodes. Partly this is because memory is such a vital aspect of mathematical problem solving. Long-term declarative memory is the sort of memory involved when a person talks, writes, draws, or otherwise consciously represents their recollections. Warner, Coppolo & Davis (2002) identify long-term declarative memory as a key ingredient in flexible mathematical thinking - the ability to apply mathematical solution processes in different settings and across different representations - and Davis, Hill & Smith (2000) emphasize long-term declarative memory as a key feature in effective teaching of mathematics. Memory, broadly speaking ...


Curriculum Connections: Linking Literature And Math, Michelle Pasko Jul 2004

Curriculum Connections: Linking Literature And Math, Michelle Pasko

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

I feel that math should be an enjoyable, not a tedious and boring, experience for students. One way to achieve this in a classroom is to make math meaningful and hands-on. Another useful strategy in teaching math is the use of math-related literature. Knowing that students love being read to, I have utilized storybooks in my math lessons in order to increase motivation and interest. Recognizing the importance of integrating subject matter in order to increase understanding, I set out on an adventure to research the following question: What kinds of mathematical connections can and do students make to literature?


How Social Relationships Affect Writers, Karen A. Keller Jul 2004

How Social Relationships Affect Writers, Karen A. Keller

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

My students always enjoyed working in groups. They begged to be with their friends whenever I assigned a group project. In general, I dreaded allowing students to work in groups. I feared the classroom disruption from students who could not stay on task. And I wondered if students would do their best work in a group. Yet, I had to admit that as a graduate student, I found that some of my best work resulted from work in a group setting.


Elementary English Acquisition, Beth Anne Cherry, Renee Ford, Kathy Mueller Jul 2004

Elementary English Acquisition, Beth Anne Cherry, Renee Ford, Kathy Mueller

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

From the beginning of chapter one in Learning English at School, the author, Colleen Toohey, emphasizes that social interactions have a pivotal role in young children's second language learning. She begins by analyzing the data of several theorists and researchers, such as Snow, Vygotsky, and Bakhtin, she had reviewed to develop the theory and methodology for her study. Toohey does a nice job relating her own experiences and observations to the presented theories.


Educación Dialógica: Las Escuelas De España Hoy, Marta Soler-Gallart Jan 2004

Educación Dialógica: Las Escuelas De España Hoy, Marta Soler-Gallart

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

En Abril del 2003 tres conferencias de educación se organizaron simultáneamente en tres ciudades españolas diferentes- Barcelona, Zaragoza y Vitora- bajo el título "Comunidades de Aprendizaje: Calidad educativa para todos y todas". Estas conferencias supusieron la celebración del éxito y la consolidación de un proyecto educativo que se está desarrollando en España desde los inicios de los noventa y que cada año continua expandiéndose en todo el país. Todas las escuelas que funcionan como Comunidades de Aprendizaje tienen una característica en común: se basan en el aprendizaje dialógico y están orientadas a lograr el éxito escolar para todos los niños ...


Dialogic Education In Spain: Some Initial Words, Marta Soler-Gallart Jan 2004

Dialogic Education In Spain: Some Initial Words, Marta Soler-Gallart

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

In April 2003 three educational conferences were organized simultaneously in three different Spanish cities ­ Barcelona, Zaragoza and Vitoria ­ under the title "Learning Communities: Quality Education for All". These conferences meant the celebration of the success and consolidation of an educational project that has been taking place in Spain since the beginning of the nineties and that each year continues to expand throughout the country. All the schools that function as Learning Communities have a feature in common: they are based on dialogic learning and they are oriented towards achieving school success for all children. Both Gordon Wells and Marta Soler-Gallart ...


Construyendo Un Sueño: Comunidades De Aprendizaje En El País Vasco, Mª Luisa Jaussi, Carmen Vega Jan 2004

Construyendo Un Sueño: Comunidades De Aprendizaje En El País Vasco, Mª Luisa Jaussi, Carmen Vega

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

Todas las personas que formamos parte del proyecto de Comunidades de aprendizaje compartimos un mismo sueño, una misma utopía: que todos los niños y niñas, independientemente de su situación social, de su cultura, de sus características personales lleguen a desarrollar al máximo sus capacidades y gocen de los mismos derechos y oportunidades reales en la sociedad actual. Es un sueño de igualdad que incluye la diferencia. Pensamos que "otra educación es posible" y para ello es necesario que más personas se adhieran a esta utopía, algo que ya está sucediendo en Euskadi donde cada vez más escuelas inician el proceso ...


Building A Dream: Learning Communities In The Basque Country, Mª Luisa Jaussi, Carmen Vega Jan 2004

Building A Dream: Learning Communities In The Basque Country, Mª Luisa Jaussi, Carmen Vega

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

All of us that make up the Learning Communities project share the same dream, the same utopia: that all children regardless of their social situation, their culture, their personal characteristicsare able to develop, to a maximum, their abilities and enjoy the same rights and real opportunities in today's society. It is a dream of equality that includes difference. We think that "another education is possible" and for this, it is necessary that more people join this utopia, as is already happening in the Basque Country, where increasingly more schools are starting the transformation process. The dream is one of ...


Dialogic Learning In Interactive Groups, M. Josepa Adell Nolla, Carlos Herrero, Belinda Siles Jan 2004

Dialogic Learning In Interactive Groups, M. Josepa Adell Nolla, Carlos Herrero, Belinda Siles

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

This jointly written article is the attempt to share with other teachers, teacher trainers, other professionals and participants in the field of education, our experiences with interactive groups. It brings new meaning to our work to see children infused with hope, enthusiasm and purpose in the classroom since we have begun this egalitarian educational practice. The joy and fulfilment we are seeing and experiencing is contagious. We feel that to bring to light innovations that are working in the classroom and school is fundamental for all of us in our profession as we take on the responsibility, along with parents ...


El Aprendizaje Dialógico En Los Grupos Interactivos, M. Josepa Adell Nolla, Carlos Herrero, Belinda Siles Jan 2004

El Aprendizaje Dialógico En Los Grupos Interactivos, M. Josepa Adell Nolla, Carlos Herrero, Belinda Siles

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

Este artículo escrito conjuntamente pretende compartir con otros profesores y profesoras, formadores y formadoras de profesorado, y con demás profesionales y personas que participen en el campo de la educación, nuestras experiencias con los grupos interactivos. El hecho de ver a niños y niñas rebosantes de esperanza, entusiasmo y motivación en las aulas, desde que empezamos con esta práctica de educación igualitaria, confiere un nuevo sentido a nuestro trabajo. La alegría y plenitud que estamos viendo y experimentando resultan contagiosas. Creemos que difundir aquellas innovaciones que están obteniendo buenos resultados en las aulas y las escuelas es fundamental para todos ...


Familias Gitanas Transformando La Escuela, Xavier Folch Jan 2004

Familias Gitanas Transformando La Escuela, Xavier Folch

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

Cuando explicamos a alguien que tenemos la suerte de trabajar en unos barrios con unas escuelas donde una gran parte de las familias son gitanas, de entrada no entienden por qué lo decimos. Cuando transmitimos a alguien todo lo que hacemos les parece que no sea posible. El estigma que precede a la etnia gitana hace que tengan asociados calificativos que presuponen que quien se relaciona o trabaja con gitanos, más que suerte tiene una desgracia. Sorprende, no obstante, que todo aquel que trabaja con personas gitanas desde un acercamiento respetuoso y desde un diálogo igualitario, huyendo de los estereotipos ...


Romani Families Transforming The School, Xavier Folch Jan 2004

Romani Families Transforming The School, Xavier Folch

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

When we explain to people that we are lucky enough to work in neighborhoods with schools where a large number of families are Romany, at first they do not understand why we say this. When we tell people everything that we do, they do not believe it is possible. Because of the stigmatization of Roma there are labels associated to them, which lead to presumptions that those who relate to or work with Roma, rather than being lucky are unfortunate. It surprises people, however, that all those who work with Roma in a respectful way, avoiding stereotypes and clichés, learn ...


La Transformation De Los Centros Rurales, Carmen Elboj, Amparo Gil, Isabel Rodrigo, Ignacio Zaldívar Jan 2004

La Transformation De Los Centros Rurales, Carmen Elboj, Amparo Gil, Isabel Rodrigo, Ignacio Zaldívar

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

Por escuela rural, comúnmente se entiende aquélla que está situada en un ámbito rural. Si matizamos un poco más podemos decir que la escuela situada en el ámbito rural es una institución educativa que tiene como soporte el medio y la cultura rurales con una serie de factores y circunstancias que, si no son resueltas favorablemente, pueden dificultar la consecución de unos objetivos que hagan de ésta una escuela de calidad, en igualdad de condiciones con otros centros educativos.


The Transformation Of Rural Schools, Carmen Elboj, Amparo Gil, Isabel Rodrigo, Ignacio Zaldívar Jan 2004

The Transformation Of Rural Schools, Carmen Elboj, Amparo Gil, Isabel Rodrigo, Ignacio Zaldívar

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

A rural school is commonly understood as a school that is situated in a rural setting. If we specify a little more, we can say that a school situated in rural surroundings is an educational institution that is supported by rural culture and resources. Additional factors and circumstances exist that if not resolved favorably, can make it difficult to attain those objectives that make this a quality school, with conditions of equality in line with other schools.


El Currículum Global: Reconsiderar La Escuela Desde La Educación, Pablo Del Río, Amelia Álvarez Jan 2004

El Currículum Global: Reconsiderar La Escuela Desde La Educación, Pablo Del Río, Amelia Álvarez

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

En este trabajo se condensan las propuestas educativas de la perspectiva histórico-cultural y genético-cultural como un escenario de las metas, realidades y alternativas de renovación para la tarea educativa, resaltando a partir de ese escenario un conjunto de reorientaciones aconsejables para abordar la educación en un mundo cambiante. Esas reorientaciones implicarían un giro desde el actual énfasis en el conocimiento mismo a prestar una mayor atención a las herramientas y operadores del conocimiento; pasar del énfasis en las tareas individuales a una mayor preocupación por la actividad compartida como origen de las operaciones mentales y pasar del énfasis en el ...


The Global Curriculum: Rethinking School From The Perspective Of Education, Pablo Del Río, Amelia Álvarez Jan 2004

The Global Curriculum: Rethinking School From The Perspective Of Education, Pablo Del Río, Amelia Álvarez

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

This paper brings together educational proposals based on a framework derived from the perspectives of historic-cultural and genetic-cultural theory. This framework enables us to specify the goals, realities and alternatives for renewal in the educational task, and to highlight a series of recommended reorientations for tackling education in a changing world. These reorientations imply a switching of attention: from the current emphasis on knowledge as an end in itself, towards a greater attention to the tools and operators of knowledge; from an emphasis on individual tasks to a greater concern with shared activities as the origin of mental operations; and ...