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March 7, 2018

Teacher Educators as Researchers: Two stories

Teacher educators increasingly become involved in research as research is considered an important way to develop professionally as a teacher educator. However, teacher educators struggle to integrate research with their work as teacher educators.
February 22, 2018

Instructionally aligned lessons are central to effective teaching

The three functions of assessment in teacher education presented by Smith and MacPhail in the InFo-TED assessment building block posed on the InFo-TED website are interconnected.
February 14, 2018

The induction of teacher educators

As an educator at the largest teacher education institution in the Netherlands, I feel privileged to work with many inspiring, passionate colleagues across 20 school subjects. At Fontys University of Applied Sciences (Fontys Hogescholen), BEd and MEd programmes are currently taught to over 4,000 students.

February 7, 2018

Zipping as professional learning

Metaphors and images are playful, yet powerful tools to represent complex ideas. Professional development of teacher educators is such an idea. As a researcher, teacher educator and in-service trainer of teacher educators, I like to think of professional development in terms of “zippers” and “zipping”.
January 29, 2018

Topics studied in a Self-study-group

In my earlier blog (Learning about inquiry), I described the process and the ‘rules’ in a self-study group I am hosting. In this blog I will give some examples of the topics that are studied by the participating teacher educators. I do this through unfolding small ‘portraits’ of the participants about their professional journey (see Loughran, 2014).
January 15, 2018

Adolescence psychology in school-based teacher education

In The Netherlands, workplace learning consists of 40% of initial teacher education. The main activities in workplace learning are the training of teaching skills and assignments for the teacher education institution and school.
December 4, 2017

The teacher educator as an agent of (social) change

Reflections on the purpose of research in teacher education

Spending some leftover hours at Oslo Gardermoen on an early Thursday morning, waiting for my airplane to Amsterdam, seems like a good opportunity...

November 23, 2017

Story-telling – a means and a method

It’s great in research when you discover something that you didn’t expect to find! As I embarked on my research for my doctorate I knew that I wanted to find out more about identity transformation for early career teacher educators; knowing that identity as a teacher educator is problematic...

October 23, 2017

Learning about inquiry

Research, inquiry, researcherly dispositions (Tack & Vanderlinde (2016), a lot has been written on these topics in relation to teacher educators and to be honest, I do not care too much about getting involved in this discussion, I rather start acting. I rather start acting. Of course, in my actions I am encouraged by literature, but for me it is the activity that counts.


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