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May 6, 2018

The researcher inside me; the search for meaningful research in a shifting academic landscape

We are three university-based teacher educators who since many years have reflected on our development from teacher educators to teacher educators/researchers through collaborate self-study research.
April 19, 2018

Subject based Professional Learning Communities in Israel

Since the mid‐1990s, the concept of professional learning communities (PLCs) has arisen in the education field and yet it took a few more years to be accepted in Israel. The Ministry of Education (MoE) stipulates that all teachers participate in Professional Development (PD)...
April 10, 2018

Are EU Teacher Educators Freire Optimised to Empower the Diverse? A Call for Surveys to Find Out

Freire’s critical pedagogic perspective emphasizes the potential of every individual, and gives an idea of what kind of processes could empower...

March 26, 2018

Teacher competency frameworks: what do we know, and what should we know?

Smith and MacPhail identify one of the multiple and complex functions of assessment in teacher education as “ensuring student teacher graduates are professionally competent”...
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).

 


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