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February 9, 2019

‘New kids on the block’ Falling through the Cracks of a Curriculum Reform

In September 2010, a major reform of the Irish post-primary mathematics curriculum was introduced nationally on a phased basis. The reform, known locally as ‘Project Maths’, involved changes to the syllabus, the way in which the content was taught, and also how it was assessed (Prendergast & O’Donoghue, 2014).
January 20, 2019

Exploring the PGT Student Experience

Student experience has a central focus in higher education as institutions strive for retention, attainment, and growth; acknowledging students as both consumers and participants (Muijs et al. 2017). Consequently, universities pursue active engagement of student voice to inform quality enhancement as a route toward improving educational experiences. Within the Scottish sector, quality enhancement is defined in part as the deliberate steps taken...
January 4, 2019

The Evidence-Based Teaching Survey

Teacher educators play a pivotal role in the classroom ecology of teacher education because they support pre-service teachers’ learning and because they model teaching through their own practices (Lunenberg, Korthagen, & Swennen, 2007). Therefore, there is no exaggeration to say that if we strive for quality teacher preparation we should first invest time and effort on the professional development of teacher educators’ (Goodwin & Kosnik, 2013).
November 5, 2018

‘Voice Over Teaching’ for Teacher Educators

As a teacher educator, teaching in an institute, I was searching for ways to have more impact on student teachers’ learning. One pedagogical intervention caught my attention and seemed promising: explicit modelling (Lunenberg, Korthagen, & Swennen, 2007). A few years ago, I started experimenting and reading about it. This summer, in Trondheim Norway, visiting the Info-TED Summer Academy...

October 20, 2018

Explicating students’ beliefs about good history teaching

Beliefs are important in the development of teachers’ professional identity. The importance of developing beliefs about teaching and learning need to be debated, and we have to help teacher students to express their beliefs. This blog discusses a pedagogy we use in our teacher education program to elicit history students’ beliefs on how history should be taught...

October 1, 2018

Interrogating Professionalism

Teacher educators frequently invoke the concept of ‘professionalism’ in their work with students. It is usually presented as an unqualified good, a set of values that aspiring teachers should aim to achieve. In some countries (e.g. Scotland), suites of ‘professional’ standards appropriate to different career stages have been developed, as well as a code of ‘professional’ conduct (see GTCS, 2018).
September 11, 2018

Views on teacher education

A couple of years ago, I was asked to write a research review on the pedagogy of teacher education for the International Handbook of teacher education (Korthagen, 2016). It made me realize how overwhelming and scattered the literature in this field is, because many different views exist on ways to educate teachers. It made me realize how overwhelming and scattered...

August 21, 2018

Mesila – A Selection Battery for Future Teachers

Selection batteries are in use today to choose the best candidates for most positions in the work force, from bank tellers to salespersons, government workers to CEO's. However, although the teaching profession has been recognized as being very complex requiring specific personality traits and interpersonal skills...
July 25, 2018

Affected by teacher education

As teacher educator, educating secondary school teachers in Norway I often visit student teachers in their field practice. The last decade I have experienced an increased focus on measurable outcomes and the cognitive dimension of learning in schools. The teaching seems predictable. It feeds young people’s thinking, but does not ‘reach their heart or touch their soul’ (Biesta, 2017, p. 418).

 


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