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Assessing The Nature Of Science Views Of Singaporean Pre-Service Teachers, Tan L. Thye, Boo H. Kwen Nov 2004

Assessing The Nature Of Science Views Of Singaporean Pre-Service Teachers, Tan L. Thye, Boo H. Kwen

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Despite the many developments in the teaching of science, an aspect that continues to be neglected appears to be the character and nature of science (NOS). This is becoming especially important in the light of recent developments in pedagogy, as, for example, more teachers adopt constructivist methodologies and computing technology enables simulations that may blur the lines between models and reality. From the literature, it is known that teachers' modern NOS conceptions, though not a sufficient condition for transmission of modern NOS views, is necessary. In this study, pre-service teachers' NOS conceptions are assessed with an adapted Views of the ...


Towards Optimal Student Engagement In Teacher Education, Laurie Brady Nov 2004

Towards Optimal Student Engagement In Teacher Education, Laurie Brady

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

This article, written by a teacher educator who won an AUTC National Teaching Award in 2003, focuses on the strategies that might be used in teacher education programs as distinct from addressing subject matter concerns. Endorsing the need for optimal engagement, the article posits a model combining student centred learning (arguing that some strategies by their very nature require greater degrees of student exploration and interaction); problematic and situated learning which finds an ideal expression in case method; and more far reaching expressions of field -based experience including team teaching on site, mentoring and community based professional development


Reflection : Journals And Reflective Questions : A Strategy For Professional Learning, Maggie Clarke Nov 2004

Reflection : Journals And Reflective Questions : A Strategy For Professional Learning, Maggie Clarke

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Reflective journals have been used widely in teacher education programs to promote reflective thinking (Freidus, 1998; Carter & Francis, 2000; Yost, Senter & Forlenzo-Bailey, 2000). Smyth (1992) advocated that posing a series of questions to be answered in written journals could enhance reflective thinking. It was for this reason that reflective responses to directed questions were introduced in 2002 and subsequently in 2003 in the Bachelor of Education 4th year primary internship program at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. The internship program provided a sustained ten-week period of time in a school that afforded student teachers the opportunity to examine their practice in ...


Learning 'Through' Or Learning 'About'? The Ridiculous And Extravagant Medium Of Opera : Gardner's Multiple Intellegences In Pre-Service Teacher Education, Julie White, Mary Dixon, Lynda Smerdon Nov 2004

Learning 'Through' Or Learning 'About'? The Ridiculous And Extravagant Medium Of Opera : Gardner's Multiple Intellegences In Pre-Service Teacher Education, Julie White, Mary Dixon, Lynda Smerdon

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

In recent years, pre-service teacher education has attempted to incorporate into programs an understanding of Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences as it applies to schools. In this paper the tension between ‘learning about’ multiple intelligences and ‘learning through’ multiple intelligences supports Gardner’s (1993) distinction between ‘understanding’ and ‘coverage’. This paper examines the use of the performing arts in the professional studies component of our teacher education program. During 2002 at The University of Melbourne, a group of education students were offered the opportunity to develop an opera in order to learn about assessment and curriculum. Thirty-seven of the ...


Table Of Contents - Fall 2004 Oct 2004

Table Of Contents - Fall 2004

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Academic Leadership Journal Fall 2004 table of Contents


Benchmarking Succession Planning & Executive Development In Higher Education, Jonathon Clunies Oct 2004

Benchmarking Succession Planning & Executive Development In Higher Education, Jonathon Clunies

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Higher education has historically been slow to adopt many corporate management processes. Succession planning is an especially difficult concept to apply in academia due to dramatic cultural differences between the boardroom and the campus. College and universities often have complex and sometimes bureaucratic procedures for hiring compared with many business corporations (Rosse & Levin, 2003). In a tightening economic and growing competitive climate, innovative colleges and universities are re-examining whether succession planning, coupled with executive development, could be adapted for more cost effective transitions of power and authority.


Doing Business With The Bard, William "Skip" Boyer Oct 2004

Doing Business With The Bard, William "Skip" Boyer

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

An article using Shakespeare's words to demonstrate business management values.


Four Dimensions Of Leadership In The Problem-Solving Of Education Deans, Antonia Donofrio Oct 2004

Four Dimensions Of Leadership In The Problem-Solving Of Education Deans, Antonia Donofrio

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

This study links personal attributes of deans of schools and colleges of education to the problem solving contexts in which they make decisions that affect the programs they serve. We describe the mix of intellect, emotion, social acumen, and moral attributes that deans draw upon when they respond to vignettes that capture the multifaceted nature of problem solving in their positions. This study is a continuation of research that attempts to identify characteristics of deans of education who have survived in their role. This is an important issue, as schools and colleges report difficulty in identifying deans who can meet ...


Review: Academic Life: Hospitality, Ethics, And Spirituality, Deryl R. Leaming Oct 2004

Review: Academic Life: Hospitality, Ethics, And Spirituality, Deryl R. Leaming

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

A book review of Academic Life: Hospitality, Ethics, and Spirituality by John B. Bennett.


Budget Woes In Higher Education: A Call For Leadership, Steven Graham Oct 2004

Budget Woes In Higher Education: A Call For Leadership, Steven Graham

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

An article discussing leadership in the face of budget deficits in academia.


Engaged, But Not Heroic, Academic Leadership, John B. Bennett Oct 2004

Engaged, But Not Heroic, Academic Leadership, John B. Bennett

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Over the years, I have explored leadership challenges faced by department chairpersons and school deans. In this essay I reflect on some findings, noting that they also apply to other educational leaders such as faculty senate members and student affairs officers. Most mid-level leaders struggle with the tradition of defining leadership in terms of individualistic values and mythologies of seeing the leader in terms of the individualistic, heroic cowboy of the Western film and novel. Then I examine the position of institutional president. Here too some leaders aim to be heroic figures, like the fabled cowboy. Almost inevitably, their behaviors ...


Faculty Learning Communities And Teaching Portfolios As A Mentoring Model, Andrea C. Wade Oct 2004

Faculty Learning Communities And Teaching Portfolios As A Mentoring Model, Andrea C. Wade

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Beginning a career in college or university teaching can be a terrifying exercise in trial and error. Unlike elementary and secondary school teachers, many college faculty members begin their teaching careers with little or no formal preparation in pedagogy. Despite being well-versed in the content discipline, faculty members in their first few semesters of teaching often lack access to the kind of frequent assessment and mentoring that would shorten the learning curve and enhance the experience for both instructor and student. Through the years, a number of different strategies have been proposed to foster interactions between college faculty members. Typically ...


School Psychologists Walking The Talk In Authentic Teacher Preparation Programs, Mindy Sloan Sep 2004

School Psychologists Walking The Talk In Authentic Teacher Preparation Programs, Mindy Sloan

Essays in Education

Knowledge and skills bases once confined to school psychologists are now considered critical to the functioning of effective teachers (CEC, 2003, NCATE, 2003, Wilson, S. M., Floden, R. E., & Ferrini-Mundy, 2001). This paper uses three assumptions to argue for the inclusion of doctoral level school psychologists in teacher preparation programs. The first assumption acknowledges school psychology’s tradition of consultation with teachers (Bardon, 1990, Brown & Pryzwansky, 2002, Conoley & Conoley, 1992). Second, interdisciplinary teamwork is critical to effective educational planning (National Association of School Psychologists, 2003a, 2003b). Rather than merely informing future teachers that they will collaborate with other professionals, it ...


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.


Table Of Contents - Summer 2004 Jul 2004

Table Of Contents - Summer 2004

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Academic Leadership Journal Summer 2004 table of contents.


Preservice Teachers' Epistemological Beliefs And Conceptions About Teaching And Learning : Cultural Implications For Research In Teacher Education., Kwok-Wai Chan Jun 2004

Preservice Teachers' Epistemological Beliefs And Conceptions About Teaching And Learning : Cultural Implications For Research In Teacher Education., Kwok-Wai Chan

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Four epistemological belief and two teaching/learning conception dimensions were identified from a questionnaire study of a sample of Hong Kong preservice teacher education students. The epistemological belief dimensions were labelled Innate/Fixed Ability, Learning Effort/Process, Authority/Expert Knowledge and Certainty Knowledge. The somewhat different results on epistemological beliefs from Schommer’s findings with North American college students suggested the possible influence of cultural contexts. The teaching/learning conceptions were labeled Traditional and Constructivist Conceptions. MANOVA indicated no significant statistical differences across age, gender and elective groups in their epistemological beliefs and conceptions. Canonical Correlation Analysis showed significant relations ...


Is 'Education' Becoming Irrelevant In Our Research?, R, S. Webster Jun 2004

Is 'Education' Becoming Irrelevant In Our Research?, R, S. Webster

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

It is argued in this paper that in a culture of ‘performativity’ research into ‘education’ is often avoided. It is observed in many research publications that attention is given to techniques of learning, teaching, management, social equity, identity formation, leadership and delivery of the curriculum, without a justification being offered as to why such instrumental approaches should be regarded as being ‘educational’. Often research quite unproblematically adopts rational-economic justifications couched in terms of ‘efficiency’ and ‘effectiveness’. Such approaches are however identified as nihilistic and not educational (Blake et al., 2000)


Are Beginning Teachers With A Second Degree At A Higher Risk Of Early Career Burnout., Richard Goddard, Patrick O'Brien Jun 2004

Are Beginning Teachers With A Second Degree At A Higher Risk Of Early Career Burnout., Richard Goddard, Patrick O'Brien

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

This study investigated the impact that holding a second university degree has on levels of burnout that is reported by beginning teachers during their first year of employment. This research formed part of an ongoing investigation that aims to identify important elements relating to teacher well-being during the transition from university to a teaching career. One hundred and twenty three teachers responded to a mail survey six weeks after they commenced full-time teaching (T1) and again six months later (T2). On both occasions the survey included the Educators Survey version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI: Maslach, Jackson, & Leiter, 1996 ...


Adjuncts In The Academy: Ethical Issues, Rhonda L. Smith Apr 2004

Adjuncts In The Academy: Ethical Issues, Rhonda L. Smith

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

An article discussing ethical issues relating to employing adjunct instructors.


Some Tips To Help You Become A Better Writer: And Your Point Is What?, William "Skip" Boyer Apr 2004

Some Tips To Help You Become A Better Writer: And Your Point Is What?, William "Skip" Boyer

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

An article discussing the importance of developing good writing skills.


Web-Enhanced Instruction: A Mixed Bag Of Contradictions And Possibilities For Doctoral Education, Carol Mullen Apr 2004

Web-Enhanced Instruction: A Mixed Bag Of Contradictions And Possibilities For Doctoral Education, Carol Mullen

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

This article explores some of the contradictions and possibilities of web-enhanced learning through the qualitative analysis of a pedagogical experiment. The parameters for this study are, broadly, doctoral education and, specifically, one doctoral course. However, extrapolations beyond these lenses are ventured.


Table Of Contents - Spring 2004 Apr 2004

Table Of Contents - Spring 2004

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Academic Leadership Journal Spring 2004 Table of Contents


I'Ve Got Vision And The Rest Of The World Wears Blinders . . ., James P. Evans Apr 2004

I'Ve Got Vision And The Rest Of The World Wears Blinders . . ., James P. Evans

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

An article discussing the need for vision in leadership.


Leadership, Ethics, And Philosophy, John B. Bennett Apr 2004

Leadership, Ethics, And Philosophy, John B. Bennett

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

An article discussing ethics within academic culture.