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  1. Providing Authentic Research Experiences for Pre-Service Teachers through UNH's Transforming Earth System Science Education (TESSE) Program (United States)

    Varner, R. K.; Furman, T.; Porter, W.; Darwish, A.; Graham, K.; Bryce, J.; Brown, D.; Finkel, L.; Froburg, E.; Guertin, L.; Hale, S. R.; Johnson, J.; von Damm, K.


    The University of New Hampshire's Transforming Earth System Science Education (UNH TESSE) project is designed to enrich the education and professional development of in-service and pre-service teachers, who teach or will teach Earth science curricula. As part of this program, pre-service teachers participated in an eight- week summer Research Immersion Experience (RIE). The main goal of the RIE is to provide authentic research experiences in Earth system science for teachers early in their careers in an effort to increase future teachers` comfort and confidence in bringing research endeavors to their students. Moreover, authentic research experiences for teachers will complement teachers` efforts to enhance inquiry-based instruction in their own classrooms. Eighteen pre-service teachers associated with our four participating institutions - Dillard University (4), Elizabeth City State University (4), Pennsylvania State University (5), and University of New Hampshire (UNH) (5) participated in the research immersion experience. Pre-service teachers were matched with a faculty mentor who advised their independent research activities. Each pre-service teacher was expected to collect and analyze his or her own data to address their research question. Some example topics researched by participants included: processes governing barrier island formation, comparison of formation and track of hurricanes Hugo and Katrina, environmental consequences of Katrina, numerical models of meander formation, climatic impacts on the growth of wetland plants, and the visual estimation of hydrothermal vent properties. Participants culminated their research experience with a public presentation to an audience of scientists and inservice teachers.

  2. Virtual Mentoring of Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Reese, Jill


    The purpose of the study was to describe music teachers' perceptions of the benefits and challenges they experienced as virtual mentors of preservice music teachers. Each mentor was assigned a cohort of preservice teachers who were enrolled in an elementary general music methods course. Cohorts observed their mentor's teaching via Skype. Mentors…

  3. A Model Pre-Service Teacher Conference: Getting New Teachers "Hooked on Geography" (United States)

    Hutson, Martha; Rutherford, David J.; Foster, Ellen J.; Richardson, Bobbie


    This article presents one approach to providing geography education training to pre-service teachers--a two-day, professional development conference dedicated to preservice teachers and provided to them at no cost. The authors begin by explaining more fully the need for reaching pre-service teachers with good training in geography education. A…

  4. Framing and Re-Framing through Computer-Mediated Communication: Providing Pre-Service Teachers with Alternate Support Structures (United States)

    Scherff, Lisa; Singer, Nancy Robb


    In this article we suggest that online environments can function as alternate "organizations" for pre-service and beginning teachers who may find themselves struggling in schools. Building on prior work on framing and reframing in organizations and schools, the authors present a new frame of analysis specifically geared for web-based…

  5. Pre-Service Science Teachers' Views about Nuclear Energy with Respect to Gender and University Providing Instruction (United States)

    Ates, H.; Saracoglu, M.


    The purpose of this research was to investigate pre-service science teachers' (PST) views about nuclear energy and to examine what effects, if any, of gender and the university of instruction had on their views. Data were collected through the Risks and Benefits about Nuclear Energy Scale (Iseri, 2012). The sample consisted of 214 PSTs who…

  6. The Imperative of Contextual Cognizance: Preservice Teachers and Community Engagement in the Schools and Communities Project (United States)

    Zygmunt-Fillwalk, Eva; Malaby, Mark; Clausen, Jon


    Learning within community settings provides preservice teachers important opportunities beyond those of traditional teacher preparation. Immersive learning opportunities within communities strengthen preservice teachers' repertoires and provoke new ways of thinking about how different settings create possibilities and constraints for student…

  7. Preservice Science Teachers Reflect on Their Practicum Experiences (United States)

    Koc, Isil


    The practicum provides an opportunity for preservice teachers to apply knowledge and skills in actual classroom settings. Thus, it serves as a central component of virtually all teacher education programmes. This study focused the views of 16 preservice science teachers on their practicum experiences. Individual interviews were made to construct a…

  8. Pre-Service Teachers Designing Virtual World Learning Environments (United States)

    Jacka, Lisa; Booth, Kate


    Integrating Information Technology Communications in the classroom has been an important part of pre-service teacher education for over a decade. The advent of virtual worlds provides the pre-service teacher with an opportunity to study teaching and learning in a highly immersive 3D computer-based environment. Virtual worlds also provide a place…

  9. Pre-Service Teachers' Concept Images on Fractal Dimension (United States)

    Karakus, Fatih


    The analysis of pre-service teachers' concept images can provide information about their mental schema of fractal dimension. There is limited research on students' understanding of fractal and fractal dimension. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the pre-service teachers' understandings of fractal dimension based on concept image. The…

  10. Preservice Science Teachers' Uses of Inscriptions in Science Teaching (United States)

    Tanis Ozcelik, Arzu; McDonald, Scott P.


    This study investigated preservice science teachers' uses of inscriptions in their peer teaching activities and was guided by the following research questions: (1) What kinds of inscriptions and inscriptional practices do preservice science teachers use in their peer teaching activity? and (2) How and for what purposes do preservice science teachers use inscriptions and inscriptional practices in their peer teaching activity? This study followed a multi-participant case study approach. Video recordings of seven preservice teachers' lessons were analyzed for inscriptional use. Results indicate that preservice teachers used inscriptions in both pedagogical and normative ways, and the level of abstractness of inscriptions used varied across different science sub-disciplines. Our findings demonstrated that preservice teachers have multiple purposes when using inscriptions and that their purposes differ from scientists' purposes. Preservice teachers used inscriptions: to convey final form scientific knowledge; to engage students in scientific practice; to make thinking visible; to connect multiple ideas using multiple inscriptions; and to provide data or example from nature. In addition to these purposes, preservice teachers also used inscriptions as formative assessment, to engage students in the lesson and to review at the end of a lesson. We conclude that science topics and the different purposes of the sequences of activities could be responsible for the variety of uses of inscriptions across lessons. In addition, the different uses of inscriptions may impact students' understandings of scientists' inscriptional practices. Implications for science teacher educators incorporating inscriptional practices in science teaching methods courses are discussed.

  11. Effective Communication between Preservice and Cooperating Teachers (United States)

    Lawley, Ji Ji; Moore, Jenifer; Smajic, Almir


    This article reviews research on communication between preservice and cooperating teachers during a teacher internship. The research reveals that poor communication between preservice teachers and cooperating teachers can cause barriers to planning lessons, feedback, and teaching experiences. Additionally, research indicates that…

  12. Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Challenging Behavior (United States)

    Butler, Anne; Monda-Amaya, Lisa


    Challenging behavior can have adverse effects on both students and teachers, and preservice teachers often report feeling ill prepared to manage this behavior. The purpose of this study was to examine (a) preservice teacher perceptions of student and teacher behavior during scenarios of challenging behavior, (b) alternative solutions or strategies…

  13. Preservice Teachers' Understanding of Variable (United States)

    Brown, Sue; Bergman, Judy


    This study examines the research on middle school students' understanding of variables and explores preservice elementary and middle school teachers' knowledge of variables. According to research studies, middle school students have limited understanding of variables. Many studies have examined the performance of middle school students and offered…

  14. Preservice Teachers: Teacher Preparation, Multicultural Curriculum and Culturally Relevant Teaching (United States)

    Hopkins-Gillispie, Delphina


    This study is part of a larger study that uses mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative methods) to investigate preservice teachers' knowledge and understanding of multiculturalism and to prepare preservice teachers to work in diverse classrooms. The results indicate two findings: 1) that preservice teachers come from homogeneous backgrounds;…

  15. Meeting Linguistic Challenges in the Science Classroom: Pre-Service ESL Teachers' Strategies (United States)

    Saat, Rohaida Mohd.; Othman, Juliana


    This study explores the perceptions and challenges of Malaysian pre-service teachers teaching science in a second language. A qualitative case study method was used with multiple sources of data to provide insights into the challenges that a group of pre-service teachers faced during their teaching practicum. The pre-service teachers had to…

  16. Preservice Teachers' Technology Self-Efficacy (United States)

    Kent, Andrea M.; Giles, Rebecca M.


    Since efficacy of experienced teachers is difficult to change (Hoy, 2000), preservice teachers' technology self-efficacy is a creditable indicator of graduates' likelihood to use instructional technology throughout their careers. A study was conducted with elementary preservice teachers (n = 62) who completed a 5-item, Likert-type survey measuring…

  17. Value orientations of preservice teachers. (United States)

    Solmon, M A; Ashy, M H


    Curriculum theorists have acknowledged the critical role that beliefs and values play in the decisions that teachers make, but very little is known about how teachers' value profiles develop. The purpose of this investigation was to examine the educational value orientations of a group of physical education preservice teachers (N = 16) enrolled in an elementary methods course and to investigate the link between value profiles and teacher behaviors. Value profiles were assessed using the Value Orientation Inventory (Ennis & Hooper, 1988). The results indicated that teachers in training entered field-based experiences with defined value profiles, but that these profiles were not stable constructs. Priorities within competing value orientations fluctuated over the course of a semester. Possible explanations for the changes that occurred and implications for teacher education programs are discussed.

  18. Pre-Service Teachers Institute (United States)


    The Pre-Service Teachers Institute sponsored by Jackson (Miss.) State University participated in an agencywide Hubble Space Telescope workshop at Stennis Space Center on July 18. Twenty-five JSU junior education majors participated in the workshop, a site tour and educational presentations by Karma Snyder of the NASA SSC Engineering & Safety Center and Anne Peek of the NASA SSC Deputy Science & Technology Division.

  19. Navigating Layers of Teacher Uncertainty among Preservice Science and Mathematics Teachers Engaged in Action Research (United States)

    Capobianco, Brenda M.; Ní Ríordáin, Máire


    Action research provides valuable opportunities for preservice teachers to improve their practice, their understanding of their practice, and the situation in which their practice takes place. Moreover, action research empowers preservice teachers to critically examine an experience that demonstrates their potential to be influential researchers…

  20. Cyberbullying in Schools: An Examination of Preservice Teachers' Perception (United States)

    Li, Qing


    This study examines preservice teachers' perceptions about cyberbullying. Specifically, the following questions guide the research: (i) To what extent are preservice teachers concerned about cyberbullying? (ii) How confident are preservice teachers in managing cyberbullying problems? (iii) To what extent do preservice teachers feel prepared to…

  1. Slovenian Pre-Service Teachers' Prototype Biography (United States)

    Lipovec, Alenka; Antolin, Darja


    In this article we apply narrative methodology to the study of pre-service elementary teachers' school-time memories connected to mathematics education. In the first phase of our empirical study we asked 214 Slovenian pre-service teachers to write their mathematical autobiographies. On the basis of the mathematical autobiographies we constructed a…

  2. Preservice Science Teachers' Beliefs about Astronomy Concepts (United States)

    Ozkan, Gulbin; Akcay, Hakan


    The purpose of this study was to investigate preservice science teachers' conceptual understanding of astronomy concepts. Qualitative research methods were used. The sample consists of 118 preservice science teachers (40 freshmen, 31 sophomores, and 47 juniors). The data were collected with Astronomy Conceptual Questionnaire (ACQ) that includes 13…

  3. Preservice Elementary Teachers' Beliefs about Science Teaching (United States)

    Yilmaz-Tuzun, Ozgul


    In this study, a Beliefs About Teaching (BAT) scale was created to examine preservice elementary science teachers' self-reported comfort level with both traditional and reform-based teaching methods, assessment techniques, classroom management techniques, and science content. Participants included 166 preservice teachers from three different US…

  4. Pre-Service Teachers' Conceptions of Probability (United States)

    Odafe, Victor U.


    Probability knowledge and skills are needed in science and in making daily decisions that are sometimes made under uncertain conditions. Hence, there is the need to ensure that the pre-service teachers of our children are well prepared to teach probability. Pre-service teachers' conceptions of probability are identified, and ways of helping them…

  5. Preservice Science Teachers' Attitudes toward Environment (United States)

    Koc, Isil; Kuvac, Meltem


    The purpose of this study was to determine preservice science teachers' attitudes toward environment and to investigate whether their environmental attitudes differ in terms of gender and grade level. A total of 197 preservice science teachers participated in the study. Personal Information Form and the Environmental Attitudes Inventory (EAI)…

  6. Earplug Usage in Preservice Music Teachers (United States)

    Walter, Jennifer S.


    In the past 10 years, educating university musicians about hearing protection for long-term career stability and success has become more common, as has the adoption of hearing conservation programs. The purpose of this study was to explore preservice music teachers' self-reported use of earplugs. Undergraduate preservice teachers (N = 129) were…

  7. Urban Pre-Service K-6 Teachers' Conceptions of Citizenship and Civic Education: Weighing the Risks and Rewards (United States)

    Marri, Anand R.; Michael-Luna, Sara; Cormier, Maria Scott; Keegan, Patrick


    To effectively help urban pre-service teachers to provide civic education opportunities in their future classrooms, teacher educators should know how urban pre-service teachers themselves conceptualize citizenship and civic engagement. Through the research question--how do urban K-6 pre-service teachers currently enrolled in an urban education…

  8. Learning with and from: Positioning School Students as Advisors in Pre-Service Teacher Education (United States)

    Cahill, Helen; Coffey, Julia; McLean Davies, Larissa; Kriewaldt, Jeana; Freeman, Elizabeth; Acquaro, Daniela; Gowing, Annie; Duggan, Shane; Archdall, Vivienne


    This article reports on an innovative pedagogical approach within the "Learning Partnerships" program in which school students help to "teach the teachers" within pre-service teacher education. Classes of school students join with classes of pre-service teachers to provide input on how teachers can enhance school students'…

  9. Autobiographies in Preservice Teacher Education: A Snapshot Tool for Building a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (United States)

    Gunn, AnnMarie Alberton; Bennett, Susan V.; Evans, Linda Shuford; Peterson, Barbara J.; Welsh, James L.


    Many scholars have made the call for teacher educators to provide experiences that can lead preservice teachers to embrace a culturally responsive pedagogy. We investigated the use of brief autobiographies during an internship as a tool (a) for preservice teachers to examine their multidimensional culture; and (b) for teacher educators to assess…

  10. Spaces and Physical Education Pre-Service Teachers' Narrative Identities (United States)

    Wrench, Alison


    Stories or narratives are integral to meaning making in relation to selves, others and the choices we make in living. It follows that pre-service teachers' narratives can provide a means for understanding experiences and processes of becoming teachers of physical education (PE). This paper reports on an interview-based inquiry from which…

  11. Ethics Education in Australian Preservice Teacher Programs: A Hidden Imperative? (United States)

    Boon, Helen J.; Maxwell, Bruce


    This paper provides a snapshot of the current approach to ethics education in accredited Australian pre-service teacher programs. Methods included a manual calendar search of ethics related subjects required in teacher programs using a sample of 24 Australian universities and a survey of 26 university representatives. Findings show a paucity of…

  12. Writing Response Journals: What Do Pre-Service Teachers Think? (United States)

    Lee, Icy


    In this study, 13 pre-service teachers who were enrolled on a teacher education program wrote weekly journals in response to issues discussed in class over two semesters that lasted 20 weeks. They submitted the response journals three times in the first semester and two times in the second semester, and the instructor read and provided feedback on…

  13. Misconceptions Regarding the Brain: The Neuromyths of Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Dündar, Sefa; Gündüz, Nazan


    Understanding preservice teachers' misconceptions regarding the brain and neuroscience (neuromyths) can provide information that helps teachers to apply neuroscience knowledge in an educational context. The objective of this study was to investigate these misconceptions. Following preliminary research, a questionnaire comprising 59 challenging…

  14. Developing Preservice Teachers' Knowledge of Science Teaching Through Video Clubs (United States)

    Johnson, Heather J.; Cotterman, Michelle E.


    Though an adequate understanding of content is a natural prerequisite of teaching (Carlsen in Journal of Research in Science Teaching 30:471-481, 1993), teachers also need to be able to interpret content in ways that facilitate student learning. How to best support novice teachers in developing and refining their content knowledge for teaching is a crucial and ongoing question for preservice teacher educators. Recently, video clubs are being explored as potential contexts for teacher learning (Barnhart & van Es in Teaching and Teacher Education 45:83-93, 2015; Sherin & Han in Teaching and Teacher Education 20:163-183, 2004). We hypothesized that pairing video clubs with student teaching experiences would provide a forum for preservice teachers to discuss issues relevant to their professional trajectory through exposure to models of peer teaching and opportunities to reflect on practice. In this study, we explored how secondary science preservice teachers used video club to restructure their overall science knowledge into science knowledge for teaching. Our findings suggest that video clubs allowed preservice teachers to access and leverage student thinking and instructional resources to deepen their understanding of science content and trajectories for science learning.

  15. The Attitudes of Pre-service Teachers towards EFL Writing

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    Selami Ayd��n


    Full Text Available The results of the previous studies indicate that no consensus exists on either the attitudes towards EFL writing or the factors that affect these attitudes. In addition, the studies mainly focused on the attitudes of language learners, rather than teachers. Thus, the present study aims to investigate the attitudes of pre-service teachers towards writing in English as a foreign language and the relationship between their attitudes and certain variables. A background questionnaire and a scale intending to measure the attitudes were administered to a sample group of 162 pre-service teachers of English. The collected data were used to provide a descriptive and correlational analysis. The results of the study indicated that pre-service teachers mainly have positive attitudes towards writing in English as a foreign language. Furthermore, it was found that age, gender, educational background and language proficiency significantly correlate with some statements in the scale.

  16. Character education in perspective of chemistry pre-service teacher (United States)

    Merdekawati, Krisna


    As one of the pre-service teacher education programs, Chemistry Education Department Islamic University of Indonesia (UII) is committed to providing quality education. It is an education that can produce competent and characteristic chemistry pre-service teacher. The focus of research is to describe the perception of students as a potential teacher of chemistry on character education and achievement of character education. The research instruments include questionnaires and observation sheets. Research data show that students have understood the importance of character education and committed to organizing character education later in schools. Students have understood the ways in which character education can be used. The students stated that Chemistry Education Department has tried to equip students with character education. The observation result shows that students generally have character as a pre-service teacher.

  17. Elementary Pre-Service Teacher Perceptions of the Greenhouse Effect. (United States)

    Groves, Fred H.; Pugh, Ava F.


    Expands on earlier work to examine pre-service teachers' views on environmental issues, especially global warming and the related term "greenhouse effect." Suggests that pre-service elementary teachers hold many misconceptions about environmental issues. (DDR)

  18. Pre-service teachers' professional learning experiences during rural ...

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    Pre-service teachers' professional learning experiences during rural teaching practice in Acornhoek, Mpumalanga Province. ... thinking, learning and meaning making. Keywords: complexity; leadership; Mpumalanga province; pre-service teachers; professional learning; rural school, situative theory; teaching experience ...

  19. Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Attitudes towards Energy Conservation (United States)

    Tekbiyik, Ahmet; Ipek, Cemalettin


    This study aims to examine the pre-service primary teachers' attitudes towards energy conservation. In order to reach this main aim following research questions are formulated: (1) What are the attitude levels of pre-service primary teachers in terms of energy conservation? (2) Do pre-service primary teachers' attitudes towards energy conservation…

  20. Enhancing Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Preservice Science Teachers (United States)

    Nuangchalerm, Prasart


    Preservice teachers are key element to shape students' attributes and key factor affecting to motivate students to have achievement in learning behaviors. This study aims to investigate pedagogical content knowledge of preservice teachers. Forty three preservice science teachers participated the study, inquiry-based instruction was implemented in…

  1. Shaping instructional communication competence of preservice teachers (United States)

    Tandyonomanu, D.; Mutiah; Setianingrum, V. M.


    This study aims to understand the process of shaping communication competence. Participants were pre-service teachers in the primary school education teacher who conducted teaching program internship program. Observations and interviews found that culture, experience, and education were the components that developed the communication competence within the instructional context. The former two components dominantly shape communication instructional competencies, whereas the latter contributes insignificantly. Education emphasizes on teacher’s pedagogy and professional competences. In the future, educational institutions for pre-service teachers could use this research results to Determine the process of developing communication competence.

  2. Promoting Preservice Teachers' Mathematics Identity Exploration (United States)

    Heffernan, Kayla


    Despite the effort of teacher education programs, early childhood, and elementary preservice teachers often fear mathematics, have high mathematics anxiety, hold negative self-perceptions in relation to mathematics, find mathematics irrelevant, and have low mathematics achievement. The aim of this study was to implement and investigate the…

  3. Using Online Error Analysis Items to Support Preservice Teachers' Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Mathematics (United States)

    McGuire, Patrick


    This article describes how a free, web-based intelligent tutoring system, (ASSISTment), was used to create online error analysis items for preservice elementary and secondary mathematics teachers. The online error analysis items challenged preservice teachers to analyze, diagnose, and provide targeted instructional remediation intended to help…

  4. Multicultural Education and Multiliteracies: Exploration and Exposure of Literacy Practices with Preservice Teachers (United States)

    O'Byrne, W. Ian; Smith, Shane A.


    This quasi-experimental, mixed model study explored the use of an instructional approach that provided direct instruction and experiences in multicultural education while empowering preservice teachers to examine their perspectives using a hybrid classroom format. The purpose of the study was to explore preservice teachers' attitudes and…

  5. Pre-Service Teachers' Efficacy Beliefs and Emotional States (United States)

    DeMauro, Anthony A.; Jennings, Patricia A.


    Teachers' efficacy beliefs play an important role in how they create quality learning environments. When pre-service teachers (also known as initial teacher trainees) develop strong efficacy beliefs, they can be confident in their abilities to be successful teachers once they enter the field. One way pre-service teachers obtain efficacy…

  6. Preservice Elementary Teachers and the Fundamentals of Probability (United States)

    Dollard, Clark


    This study examined how preservice elementary teachers think about situations involving probability. Twenty-four preservice elementary teachers who had not yet studied probability as part of their preservice elementary mathematics coursework were interviewed using a task-based interview. The participants' responses showed a wide variety of…

  7. Influences on Preservice Teacher Socialization: A Qualitative Study (United States)

    Marks, Melissa J.


    This qualitative two-year study traces the changes in beliefs and actions of four preservice teachers through the final two years of their university education program. Dialectical Theory of Socialization and Cognitive Dissonance Theory provide the theoretical framework. The findings show that three main factors affect the transfer of learning…

  8. Learning with Technology for Pre-Service Early Childhood Teachers (United States)

    Campbell, Anne; Scotellaro, Grazia


    This paper describes an innovative pilot project at the University of Canberra aimed at providing pre-service early childhood teachers with the skills, confidence and ideological change required to include technology-enhanced learning as part of the early childhood curriculum. The impact of the project was evaluated through participant…

  9. Preservice Teachers' TPACK: Using Technology to Support Inquiry Instruction (United States)

    Maeng, Jennifer L.; Mulvey, Bridget K.; Smetana, Lara K.; Bell, Randy L.


    This investigation provides detailed descriptions of preservice secondary science teachers' technology-enhanced inquiry instruction and their developing TPACK. Prior to student teaching, 27 preservice teachers were introduced to general guidelines for integrating technology to support reform-based science instruction. This instruction was in the context of a 2-year Master of Teaching program. Of the 27 preservice teachers, 26 used technology for inquiry instruction during student teaching. Our goals were to describe how these 26 preservice science teachers: (1) used educational technologies to support students' investigations and (2) demonstrated their developing TPACK through technology-enhanced inquiry instruction. Multiple data sources (observations, lesson plans, interviews, and reflections) allowed for characterization of participants' technology integration to support inquiry instruction and their decision-making related to the use of technology to support inquiry. Results indicated that participants incorporated technologies appropriate to the content and context to facilitate non-experimental and experimental inquiry experiences. Participants developing TPACK was evidenced by their selective and appropriate use of technology. Appropriate technology use for inquiry included the following: (1) to present an engaging introduction, (2) to facilitate data collection, (3) to facilitate data analysis, and (4) to facilitate communication and discussion of results. These results suggest that using digital images to facilitate whole-class inquiry holds considerable promise as a starting point for teachers new to inquiry instruction. Results of the present study may inform science teacher educators' development of content-specific, technology-enhanced learning opportunities that: prepare preservice teachers for the responsibility of supporting inquiry instruction with technology, facilitate the transition to student-centered instruction, and support TPACK development.

  10. Considering the Impact of Preservice Teacher Beliefs on Future Practice (United States)

    Thomas, Cathy Newman


    Preservice teacher beliefs merit additional attention from special education teacher-educators. Given current policy and reforms aimed at improving outcomes for students with disabilities and increasing the adoption of evidence-based practices, teacher-educators should recognize the barrier that preservice teacher beliefs can pose and consider…

  11. Evaluation of a Cultural Competence Assessment for Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Bustamante, Rebecca M.; Skidmore, Susan T.; Nelson, Judith A.; Jones, Brandolyn E.


    Globally, public schools enroll culturally and linguistically diverse student populations and teacher preparation programs must assess the cultural competence of preservice teachers. Yet, few adequately tested measures of teacher cultural competence are available. In this research study, a sample of 396 preservice teachers were surveyed to…

  12. Building Resilience in Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Le Cornu, Rosie


    This article examines the role that professional experiences (practicum) can play in building resilience in pre-service teachers. In particular it focuses on a learning communities model of professional experience with its emphasis on relationships and its attention to the complex and dynamic interactions between individuals and their…

  13. Collaging Pre-service Teacher Identity. (United States)

    McDermott, Morna


    Discusses the use of aesthetic knowledge to grapple with transformational projects for engaging preservice teachers in critical examinations of self, exploring the teaching of philosophy, autobiographical experience, and cultural collage (which includes five layers: critical aesthetics; emergence, relationality, and transformation; teacher…

  14. Elementary Preservice Teachers' Science Vocabulary: Knowledge and Application (United States)

    Carrier, Sarah J.


    Science vocabulary knowledge plays a role in understanding science concepts, and science knowledge is measured in part by correct use of science vocabulary (Lee et al. in J Res Sci Teach 32(8):797-816, 1995). Elementary school students have growing vocabularies and many are learning English as a secondary language or depend on schools to learn academic English. Teachers must have a clear understanding of science vocabulary in order to communicate and evaluate these understandings with students. The present study measured preservice teachers' vocabulary knowledge during a science methods course and documented their use of science vocabulary during peer teaching. The data indicate that the course positively impacted the preservice teachers' knowledge of select elementary science vocabulary; however, use of science terms was inconsistent in microteaching lessons. Recommendations include providing multiple vocabulary instruction strategies in teacher preparation.

  15. Motivational Factors for School-Based Teacher Learning: Turkish Pre-Service Teachers' Experiences and Expectations (United States)

    Eryilmaz, Ali; Aypay, Ahmet


    The purpose of this study is to describe the motivational factors of pre-service teachers' school-based learning. The study group comprised of 99 pre-service teachers in Eskisehir, Turkey. 53 of them (19 males and 34 females) were history teachers; and 46 of them (25 males and 22 females) were mathematics pre-service teachers. Data was collected…

  16. Preparing pre-service teachers as emancipatory and participatory action researchers in a teacher education programme

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    Omar Esau


    Full Text Available In this paper I analyse the potential that participatory action research holds for educating pre-service teachers to become more critically reflective and socially conscious. I also describe the rationale for and process of engaging pre-service teachers in their teacher education programme. Involving these candidate teachers in participatory action research (PAR projects may provide opportunities for aspiring teachers to develop pedagogical content knowledge, examine their beliefs about teaching, and gain confidence in addressing social justice issues. More than merely exposing them to applying the technique of action research, the PAR project encouraged them to become more socially conscious, critical, imaginative and argumentative as teacher-researchers. In the project I used a participatory approach in action research to prepare the pre-service teachers to become emancipatory action researchers. Supporting and fostering inquiring practices is a strategy to help pre-service teachers move beyond just receiving hand-outs in a teacher education programme and beginning to focus on their work with learners and challenges in the real school environment.

  17. Effects of a Technology-Friendly Education Program on Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions and Learning Styles (United States)

    Kim, Dong-Joong; Choi, Sang-Ho


    A technology-friendly teacher education program can make pre-service teachers more comfortable with using technology from laggard to innovator and change their learning styles in which they prefer the use of technology in teaching. It is investigated how a technology-friendly mathematics education program, which provided 49 pre-service teachers an…

  18. Preservice science teachers' experiences with repeated, guided inquiry (United States)

    Slack, Amy B.

    The purpose of this study was to examine preservice science teachers' experiences with repeated scientific inquiry (SI) activities. The National Science Education Standards (National Research Council, 1996) stress students should understand and possess the abilities to do SI. For students to meet these standards, science teachers must understand and be able to perform SI; however, previous research demonstrated that many teachers have naive understandings in this area. Teacher preparation programs provide an opportunity to facilitate the development of inquiry understandings and abilities. In this study, preservice science teachers had experiences with two inquiry activities that were repeated three times each. The research questions for this study were (a) How do preservice science teachers' describe their experiences with repeated, guided inquiry activities? (b) What are preservice science teachers' understandings and abilities of SI? This study was conducted at a large, urban university in the southeastern United States. The 5 participants had bachelor's degrees in science and were enrolled in a graduate science education methods course. The researcher was one of the course instructors but did not lead the activities. Case study methodology was used. Data was collected from a demographic survey, an open-ended questionnaire with follow-up interviews, the researcher's observations, participants' lab notes, personal interviews, and participants' journals. Data were coded and analyzed through chronological data matrices to identify patterns in participants' experiences. The five domains identified in this study were understandings of SI, abilities to conduct SI, personal feelings about the experience, science content knowledge, and classroom implications. Through analysis of themes identified within each domain, the four conclusions made about these preservice teachers' experiences with SI were that the experience increased their abilities to conduct inquiry

  19. Moving From Theory to Practice: ELT Pre-service Teachers


    Şaziye Yaman; Meryem Özdemir


    This study was conducted to investigate the perceptual change in pre-service teachers’ effective teacher beliefs throughout their education in English Language Teaching (ELT) Department of which programme is constructed spirally from theoretical knowledge to the practical one. Throughout a data collection procedure lasted 5 academic terms, 80 pre-service teachers were asked to write their ideas about “the characteristics of an effective teacher”. In each time, as the pre-service teachers move...

  20. Facilitating a Reading Anxiety Treatment Program for Preservice Teachers. (United States)

    Crawford, Ruth M.


    Examines the use of systematic desensitization in a reading anxiety treatment program designed for preservice teachers. States that reading anxiety creates in teachers non-productive attitudes which can, and should, be altered to advance the literacy development of students. Measures reading anxiety of 23 preservice teachers before, during, and…

  1. Examining Changes in Pre-Service Teachers' Beliefs of Pedagogy (United States)

    Sheridan, Lynn


    Pre-service teachers enter teacher education with beliefs about teaching and ideas on pedagogical approaches. This research focuses on monitoring the pedagogical beliefs of a cohort of pre-service teachers' pre-existing pedagogical beliefs on important/relevant pedagogy for secondary teaching and how these beliefs changed over the course of their…

  2. Pre-Service Teachers' Mental Models of Basic Astronomy Concepts (United States)

    Arslan, A. Saglam; Durikan, U.


    The aim of the present study is to determine pre-service teachers' mental models related to basic astronomy concepts. The study was conducted using a survey method with 293 pre-service teachers from 4 different departments; physics education, science education, primary teacher education and early childhood education. An achievement test with…

  3. Reflections of Preservice Information Technology Teachers Regarding Cyberbullying (United States)

    Akbulut, Yavuz; Cuhadar, Cem


    The current phenomenological study addressed the reflections of preservice information technology (IT) teachers regarding their cyberbullying or victimization experiences. Fifty five preservice IT teachers at a Turkish teacher training institution were offered a lecture with the purpose of awareness-raising on cyberbullying, which was followed by…

  4. Pre-Service Teacher Beliefs: Are Musicians Different? (United States)

    Swainston, Andrew; Jeanneret, Neryl


    This paper reviews issues around teacher education and the beliefs students bring to their courses. It considers concerns about current classroom music teaching, preservice teachers' beliefs, and preservice music teachers' identity construction as the foundation for research currently being conducted at The University of Melbourne. The study is…

  5. Pre-Service Teachers' Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Implications for Teaching (United States)

    Marshman, Margaret; Porter, Glorianne


    Effective teachers have good pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). Pedagogical content knowledge is the intersection of discipline specific content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge. How effectively are pre-service teachers helped to develop good PCK? In this project we asked our pre-service teachers how they would respond to a particular student…

  6. Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of Self as Inclusive Educators (United States)

    Tangen, Donna; Beutel, Denise


    Teacher education institutions play a key role in preparing pre-service teachers to graduate as competent and confident inclusive educators. Seeking to understand pre-service teachers' current perceptions of diversity and inclusion, and how they perceived themselves as future inclusive educators, this qualitative study employed inductive analysis…

  7. Preparing pre-service teachers as emancipatory and participatory ...

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    Preparing pre-service teachers as emancipatory and participatory action researchers in a teacher education programme. ... South African Journal of Education ... In this paper I analyse the potential that participatory action research holds for educating pre-service teachers to become more critically reflective and socially ...

  8. "We Make It Controversial": Elementary Preservice Teachers' Beliefs about Race (United States)

    Buchanan, Lisa Brown


    The impetus for this study began during an elementary teacher education course meeting, where preservice teachers discussed whether or not it was appropriate to discuss controversial topics--including race--with young children. Preservice teachers disclosed their "uncomfortableness" with race at large, and emphasized that discussions…

  9. How Do Preservice Teachers View Tenure and Accountability? (United States)

    Thompson, Carol C.; Dentino, Gary


    Little research has examined preservice teachers' views on tenure and accountability. This study used a 35-item survey to investigate 89 preservice teachers' attitudes toward both. Most valued tenure and recognized the importance of ensuring teacher quality. Fewer than one third saw mentoring or collaboration as ways to improve their…

  10. Australian Primary Pre-Service Teachers' Conceptions of Geography (United States)

    Preston, Lou


    This article reports on the results of a survey of Australian primary pre-service teachers' experiences, conceptions and perceptions of geography. Research was conducted with two cohorts of undergraduate primary pre-service teachers; one group in second year and another in the final year of a four-year teacher education course. The findings show…

  11. Inclusion in Early Childhood Education: Pre-Service Teachers Voices (United States)

    Majoko, Tawanda


    This study examined pre-service teachers' understanding, attitudes, preparation and concerns regarding inclusion in early childhood education (ECE) in Zimbabwe. Entrenched within inclusive pedagogy, this descriptive study draws on a sample of 24 pre-service teachers purposively selected from the largest teachers' college with the oldest…

  12. Influencing Intended Teaching Practice: Exploring pre-service teachers' perceptions of science teaching resources (United States)

    Cooper, Grant; Kenny, John; Fraser, Sharon


    Many researchers have identified and expressed concern over the state of science education internationally, but primary teachers face particular obstacles when teaching science due to their poor science background and low confidence with science. Research has suggested that exemplary resources, or units that work, may be an effective way to support primary teachers. This study explores the effect of one such resource on the intentions of pre-service primary teachers to teach science. The resource in question is Primary Connections, a series of learning resources produced by the Australian Academy of Science specifically designed for primary science. Evaluative studies of Primary Connections have indicated its efficacy with practising primary teachers but there is little evidence of its impact upon pre-service teachers. The purpose of this study was to investigate how effective these quality teaching resources were in influencing the intentions of primary pre-service teachers to teach science after they graduated. The theory of planned behaviour highlighted the linkage between the intentions of the pre-service teachers to teach science, and their awareness of and experiences with using Primary Connections during their education studies. This enabled key factors to be identified which influenced the intentions of the pre-service teachers to use Primary Connections to teach science after they graduate. The study also provided evidence of how quality science teaching resources can be effectively embedded in a teacher education programme as a means of encouraging and supporting pre-service teachers to teach science.

  13. Preservice elementary teachers' actual and designated identities as teachers of science and teachers of students (United States)

    Canipe, Martha Murray

    Preservice elementary teachers often have concerns about teaching science that may stem from a lack of confidence as teachers or their own negative experiences as learners of science. These concerns may lead preservice teachers to avoid teaching science or to teach it in a way that focuses on facts and vocabulary rather than engaging students in the doing of science. Research on teacher identity has suggested that being able to envision oneself as a teacher of science is an important part of becoming a teacher of science. Elementary teachers are generalists and as such rather than identifying themselves as teachers of particular content areas, they may identify more generally as teachers of students. This study examines three preservice teachers' identities as teachers of science and teachers of students and how these identities are enacted in their student teaching classrooms. Using a narrated identity framework, I explore stories told by preservice teachers, mentor teachers, student teaching supervisors, and science methods course instructors about who preservice teachers are as teachers of science and teachers of students. Identities are the stories that are told about who someone is or will become in relation to a particular context. Identities that are enacted are performances of the stories that are an identity. Stories were collected through interviews with each storyteller and in an unmoderated focus group with the three preservice teachers. In addition to sorting stories as being about teachers of science or students, the stories were categorized as being about preservice teachers in the present (actual identities) or in the future (designated identities). The preservice teachers were also observed teaching science lessons in their student teaching placements. These enactments of identities were analyzed in order to identify which aspects of the identity stories were reflected in the way preservice teachers taught their science lessons. I also analyzed the

  14. Developing Pre-service Elementary Teachers' Pedagogical Practices While Planning Using the Learning Cycle (United States)

    Ross, Danielle K.; Cartier, Jennifer L.


    Without the science content knowledge required to effectively teach this discipline, many elementary teachers struggle without the support of curriculum materials. Curriculum materials are often the main means by which these science practices and canonical knowledge are incorporated into lessons. As part of a 5-year longitudinal research and design project at a large university in the USA, faculty developed an elementary science methods course for pre-service elementary teachers. As a result the pre-service elementary teachers come to understand the Learning Cycle framework as support mechanism for science instruction. This study examined pre-service elementary teachers' use of curriculum materials in lesson planning by identifying types of instructional tools used during the Learning Cycle. Findings highlight the importance of providing pre-service elementary teachers with supportive frameworks and opportunities to learn to critique and adapt curriculum materials in order to begin the development of their pedagogical design capacity for Learning Cycle lessons.

  15. Characteristics of Pre-Service Teachers' Online Discourse: The Study of Local Streams (United States)

    Liang, Ling L.; Ebenezer, Jazlin; Yost, Deborah S.


    This study describes the characteristics of pre-service teachers' discourse on a WebCT Bulletin Board in their investigations of local streams in an integrated mathematics and science course. A qualitative analysis of data revealed that the pre-service teachers conducted collaborative discourse in framing their research questions, conducting research and writing reports. The science teacher educator provided feedback and carefully crafted prompts to help pre-service teachers develop and refine their work. Overall, the online discourse formats enhance out-of-class communication and support collaborative group work. But the discourse on the critical examination of one another's point of views rooted in scientific inquiry appeared to be missing. It is suggested that pre-service teachers should be given more guidance and opportunities in science courses in carrying out scientific discourse that reflects reform-based scientific inquiry.

  16. Assessment of Utilization of Internet Facilities among Pre-Service Teachers in University of Ilorin, Nigeria (United States)

    Ogunlade, Oyeronke Olufunmilola; Fagbola, Oluwafunmilayo Faith; Ogunlade, Amos Akindele; Amosa, Abdulganiyu Alasela


    The use of the Internet can further equip teachers by providing them with the latest information on their discipline. The purpose of technology in teacher training is to provide pre-service teachers with the capability of integrating computer technologies into curriculum and instructional activities.This study therefore assessed the internet…

  17. Assessment of Utilization of Internet Facilities Among Pre-Service Teachers in University of Ilorin, Nigeria

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    Full Text Available The use of the Internet can further equip teachers by providing them with the latest information on their discipline. The purpose of technology in teacher training is to provide pre-service teachers with the capability of integrating computer technologies into curriculum and instructional activities.This study therefore assessed the internet facilities among pre-service teachers in the University of Ilorin in Nigeria. The use of internet facilities based on gender was also examined. The instrument used was a questionnaire. All pre-service teachers in the Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin were the population for the study. Some 150 students in 400 level were randomly sampled (89 males, 61 females. Frequency counts and percentage were used to answer three research questions while the independent t-test statistic was used to test the hypothesis. The results show that: 80% of the respondents had a positive attitude toward the use of internet facilities, 62% agreed that males were more internet literate; and there was no significant difference between male and female in the use of internet facilities. Based on the findings, it was recommended that training should be emphasized for pre-service teachers, female pre-service teachers should be encouraged to be part of change and pre-service teachers should learn to balance their time.

  18. Preservice elementary teachers learning of astronomy (United States)

    Fidler, Chuck Gary

    The dissertation presents a new approach for the study of preservice elementary teacher astronomy education. The approach suggests that learning astronomical concepts are facilitated by greater sophistication in scale perception and spatial-aptitude. This dissertation is underscored by the national call for elementary science education reform efforts and suggests certain strategies shown more effective for the development of accurate astronomical comprehension. The present research study describes how preservice elementary teachers conceptualize and communicate ideas about Space. Instead of assuming a universal mental conception of cosmic orientations and relationships, the dissertation claims that the perception of Space related dimensions vary among preservice elementary teachers. Furthermore, the dissertation suggests individual perceptions of the scale sizes and orientations of celestial systems have direct influences on mental models used to organize and communicate astronomical information. The development of inaccurate mental models of the scaled dimensions of Space may perpetuate the teacher-student cycle of misconception and naive-theory generation among children in elementary education settings. The ability to conceptualize the vast cosmos is facilitated by the minds ability to think about vast scales and orientations of celestial objects. The Earth-based perspective of astronomy education compels the learner to think about astronomical principles within imaginary frames of reference and across unfamiliar scaled dimensions. Therefore, mental astronomical model building is underscored by the perception of scale and cosmic spatiality. This study suggests these cognitive skill sets are interconnected and facilitate the learning of accurate astronomy principles; as well as play an important role when designing an astronomy education program for preservice elementary teachers. This research study is comprised of three separate standalone articles designed and

  19. Comparing Classroom Interactive Behaviors of Science and Non-Science Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Bergman, Daniel; Morphew, Jason


    This study compared classroom interactive behaviors of science pre-service teachers and pre-service teachers of other subjects. Participants included pre-service teachers enrolled in a general methods course for secondary educators and its school-based fieldwork counterpart. Statistical tests found that science pre-service teachers had fewer…

  20. Preservice Teachers and Self-Assessing Digital Competence (United States)

    Maderick, Joseph A.; Zhang, Shaoan; Hartley, Kendall; Marchand, Gwen


    This study compares matched surveys of subjective self-assessment and objective assessment on seven domains of digital competence for preservice teachers at a large Southwest public university. The results, consistent with earlier studies, confirm that the participating preservice teachers inaccurately self-assessed their digital competence. The…

  1. Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Conceptions of Creativity in Mathematics (United States)

    Bolden, David S.; Harries, Tony V.; Newton, Douglas P.


    Teachers in the UK and elsewhere are now expected to foster creativity in young children (NACCCE, 1999; Ofsted, 2003; DfES, 2003; DfES/DCMS, 2006). Creativity, however, is more often associated with the arts than with mathematics. The aim of the study was to explore and document pre-service (in the UK, pre-service teachers are referred to as…

  2. Pre-Service Teachers' Opinions on Teaching Thinking Skills (United States)

    Akinoglu, Orhan; Karsantik, Yasemin


    The purpose of the present study is to determine pre-service teachers' opinions on teaching thinking skills. 134 senior pre-service pre-school, English and mathematics teachers studying at a state university in Istanbul participated in the study which is designed based on survey model. A questionnaire which was developed by the researchers was…

  3. Pre-service secondary school science teachers science teaching ...

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    The main purpose of the study was to explore pre-service secondary science teachers' self-efficacy beliefs regarding science teaching. The study also compared pre-service secondary science teachers' self-efficacy beliefs with regard to gender and educational level. Data were collected by administering the science ...

  4. Preliminary Investigations of Pre-Service Teacher Numeracy (United States)

    Cooke, Audrey


    It is essential that pre-service teacher educators address pre-service teacher numeracy but with careful consideration as it incorporates more than mathematics skills. Numeracy also involves disposition towards mathematics--attitudes, confidence and mathematics anxiety; that is, the level of willingness to use mathematics skills. As part of an…

  5. Pre-Service Mathematics Teachers' Concept Images of Radian (United States)

    Akkoc, Hatice


    This study investigates pre-service mathematics teachers' concept images of radian and possible sources of such images. A multiple-case study was conducted for this study. Forty-two pre-service mathematics teachers completed a questionnaire, which aims to assess their understanding of radian. Six of them were selected for individual interviews on…

  6. Scale development for pre-service mathematics teachers ...

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    The purpose of this study is to develop a scale to determine pre-service mathematics teachers' perceptions related to their pedagogical content knowledge. Firstly, a preliminary perception scale of pedagogical content knowledge was constructed and then administered to 112 pre-service mathematics teachers who were ...

  7. Attitudes of Preservice Teachers towards Teaching Deaf and ESL Students (United States)

    Ting, Claire; Gilmore, Linda


    This study explored preservice teacher attitudes towards teaching a deaf student who uses Australian Sign Language (Auslan) compared to a student who is new to Australia and speaks Polish. The participants were 200 preservice teachers in their third or fourth year of university education. A questionnaire was created to measure attitudes, and…

  8. Turkish Pre-Service Physics Teachers' Preferred Learning Styles (United States)

    Kandil Ingec, Sebnem


    This study aims to determine the dominant learning styles of pre-service physics teachers and to examine them in terms of variables such as gender, information and communication technologies skills, academic achievement and type of motivation. Survey model was used. The sample composed of 50 pre-service physics teachers. The data were collected…

  9. Pre-Service Teachers Designing and Constructing "Good Digital Games" (United States)

    Artym, Corbett; Carbonaro, Mike; Boechler, Patricia


    There is a growing interest in the application of digital games to enhance learning across many educational levels. This paper investigates pre-service teachers' ability to operationalize the learning principles that are considered part of a good digital game (Gee, 2007) by designing digital games in Scratch. Forty pre-service teachers, enrolled…

  10. Assisting Preservice Teachers toward More Motivationally Supportive Instruction (United States)

    Perlman, Dana


    The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of an intervention grounded in Self-Determination Theory on preservice teachers' instructional behaviors and the motivational responses of their students. A total of 62 preservice physical education teachers enrolled in a secondary physical education content and methods course were randomly…

  11. Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of Instructors' Teaching Skills (United States)

    Sahan, Hasan Huseyin


    The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of pre-service teachers attending the pedagogical formation program offered by Balikesir University Necatibey Faculty of Education pertaining to instructors' teaching skills. A total of 220 pre-service teachers participated in the study. The data were collected by "Perceptions of…

  12. Developing Adult Learners in a Preservice Teacher Learning Community (United States)

    Ahn, Ruth


    A preservice teacher learning community at California Polytechnic University was created to guide adult learners in being able to effectively teach diverse learners. From the spring quarter of 2008 to 2009, these preservice teachers engaged in working with each other to write their own lesson plans and teach mathematics and literacy to English…

  13. Pre-Service Teachers' Conceptions of Education for Sustainability (United States)

    Evans, Neus; Whitehouse, Hilary; Hickey, Ruth


    Environmental education researchers argue that pre-service teachers have a limited understanding of education for sustainability. The research described in this article applies a phenomenographic approach to investigating variations in how a representative cohort of 30 pre-service teachers, at various stages of completing an education degree at a…

  14. Enhancing Preservice Teachers' Understanding of Students' Misconceptions in Learning Chemistry (United States)

    Naah, Basil Mugaga


    Preservice teachers enrolled in a modified introductory chemistry course used an instructional rubric to improve and evaluate their understanding of students' misconceptions in learning various chemistry concepts. A sample of 79 preservice teachers first explored the state science standards to identify chemistry misconceptions associated with the…

  15. Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Mathematics Education in Urban Schools (United States)

    Walker, Erica N.


    This article reports findings from a study of preservice mathematics teacher education students and their beliefs about and experiences with students in an urban high school. The preservice teacher education students participated as mentors to a group of peer tutors in a mathematics tutoring program. Data collected from questionnaires and…

  16. The Role of Values in Preservice Teachers' Decision to Teach (United States)

    Torsney, Benjamin M.; Ponnock, Annette R.; Lombardi, Doug


    The current study explored the values preservice teachers use as motivation for pursuing a teaching career. Preservice teachers (N = 97) from a large Northeastern urban university were chosen to complete a survey measuring personal utility value, social utility value, and epistemic value. Data analysis was conducted using exploratory factor…

  17. Building TPACK in Preservice Teachers through Explicit Course Design (United States)

    Harvey, Douglas M.; Caro, Ronald


    The authors of this study utilized the TPACK (Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge) framework in developing and assessing these skills within an advanced technology integration course for preservice teachers. The research contributes to the use of TPACK as a metric for measuring technology integration of pre-service teachers. Two…

  18. Examining Preservice Teachers' Criteria for Evaluating Educational Mobile Apps (United States)

    Baran, Evrim; Uygun, Erdem; Altan, Tugba


    Recent interest in integrating mobile apps into teaching will continue growing. There remains, however, a pressing need to develop methods and resources to support and educate preservice teachers about the use of these technologies. This case study aimed to examine preservice teachers' criteria for evaluating educational mobile apps. Nineteen…

  19. Early childhood pre-service teachers' concerns and solutions to ...

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    The purpose of this qualitative study is to determine early childhood pre-service teachers' concerns and solutions. One hundred early childhood pre-service teachers who were enrolled at Pamukkale University, Turkey, answered two open-ended questions by e-mail. In addition, six of these participants were interviewed for ...

  20. Preparing for the Plunge: Preservice Teachers' Assessment Literacy (United States)

    Siegel, Marcelle A.; Wissehr, Cathy


    Using a framework of assessment literacy that included principles, tools, and purposes, this study explored the assessment literacy of 11 secondary preservice teachers. Participants' journals, teaching philosophies, and inquiry-based science units served as data sources. We examined how the preservice teachers understood assessment tools as well…

  1. Misconceptions of genetics concepts among pre-service teachers ...

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    Misconceptions of genetics concepts among pre-service teachers. ... Global Journal of Educational Research ... The study was set out to determine misconceptions held by pre-service teachers about genetics of Science and Technology Education Department at the Faculty of Education in Lagos State University. A sample ...

  2. An Examination of Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Cyberbullying (United States)

    Yilmaz, Harun


    Today, in parallel with the increase of technology use, cyberbullying becomes one of the major issues in schools affecting students' lives negatively similar to bullying. To minimize the negative effects of cyberbullying and to get preservice teachers ready for managing cyberbullying, it is necessary to examine preservice teachers' perception…

  3. Investigation of Pre-Service Teachers' Communication Skills (United States)

    Kana, Fatih


    The purpose of this study is to determine the levels of Turkish language pre-service teachers' communication skills. Descriptive survey model was used in this study. 218 pre-service Turkish language teachers, who are studying at Department of Turkish Language Teaching at a university in the west of Turkey, participated in the study. Criterion…

  4. Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Neuroscience, Medicine, and Students with ADHD (United States)

    Zambo, Debby; Zambo, Ron; Sidlik, Lawrence


    Neuroscience is revealing how the brains of individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) function, and advances in medicine are leading to treatments. This study investigated preservice teachers' knowledge and beliefs about students with ADHD. The majority of preservice teachers knew someone with ADHD, which, along with courses…

  5. Mentoring Triad: An Alternative Mentoring Model for Preservice Teacher Education? (United States)

    Ambrosetti, Angelina; Dekkers, John; Knight, Bruce Allen


    Within many preservice teacher education programs in Australia, mentoring is used as the overarching methodology for the professional placement. The professional placement is considered to be a key component of learning to teach, and typically a dyad mentoring model is utilized. However, it is reported that many preservice teachers experience a…

  6. Algebraic Generalization Strategies Used by Kuwaiti Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Alajmi, Amal Hussain


    This study reports on the algebraic generalization strategies used by elementary and middle/high school pre-service mathematics teachers in Kuwait. They were presented with 9 tasks that involved linear, exponential, and quadratic situations. The results showed that these pre-service teachers had difficulty in generalizing algebraic rules in all 3…

  7. Preservice Teachers' Perspective Transformations as Social Change Agents (United States)

    Woodrow, Kelli; Caruana, Vicki


    In this article, we investigate whether, and in what ways, the learning experiences in a capstone course in reflective teaching impact the perspective transformations (PT) of preservice teachers toward a diverse K-12 student population and the plans of preservice teachers to take future action as change agents. Using an adaptation of the Learning…

  8. Pre-service teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching basic ...

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    This study measured pre-service teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT) basic school mathematics. MKT multiple-choice test was administered to 100 pre-service teachers from two colleges of education (located at Mampong in the Ashanti Region of Ghana) to assess their mathematical knowledge for ...

  9. Entering the Arena: The Figured Worlds Transition of Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Saunders, Jane M.; Ash, Gwynne Ellen


    The article describes a semester-long project that draws on Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" as a resource and over-arching theme for preservice teachers taking a content area literacy course. We examine how preservice teachers learn to connect written texts to content area (disciplinary) literacy and consider ways to prepare them for…

  10. Predicting the Geometry Knowledge of Pre-Service Elementary Teachers (United States)

    Duatepe Aksu, Asuman


    In this study, the aim was to examine the factors that predict the geometry knowledge of pre-service elementary teachers. Data was collected on 387 pre-service elementary teachers from four universities by using a geometry knowledge test, the van Hiele geometric thinking level test, a geometry self efficacy scale and a geometry attitude scale.…

  11. "The Teacher Is an Octopus": Uncovering Preservice English Language Teachers' Prior Beliefs through Metaphor Analysis (United States)

    Farrell, Thomas S. C.


    Preservice teachers come to any teacher education course with prior experiences, knowledge and beliefs about learning and teaching. Additionally, the belief systems of preservice teachers often serve as a lens through which they view the content of the teacher education program. Consequently, it is essential that teacher educators take these prior…

  12. Influences of Teacher Delivery, Student Engagement, and Observation Focus on Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Teaching Effectiveness (United States)

    Napoles, Jessica; MacLeod, Rebecca B.


    The purpose of this study was to examine how teacher delivery, student engagement, and observation focus influenced preservice teachers' ratings of teaching effectiveness. Participants (N = 84 preservice teachers) viewed short teaching excerpts of orchestral and choral rehearsals wherein the teacher displayed either high or low teacher delivery,…

  13. Preservice Elementary Teachers' Ideas About Scientific Practices (United States)

    Ricketts, Amy


    With the goal of producing scientifically literate citizens who are able to make informed decisions and reason critically when science intersects with their everyday lives, the National Research Council (NRC) has produced two recent documents that call for a new approach to K-12 science education that is based on scientific practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. These documents will potentially influence future state standards and K-12 curricula. Teachers will need support in order to teach science using a practices based approach, particularly if they do not have strong science backgrounds, which is often the case with elementary teachers. This study investigates one cohort (n = 19) of preservice elementary teachers' ideas about scientific practices, as developed in a one-semester elementary science teaching methods course. The course focused on eight particular scientific practices, as defined by the National Research Council's A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012). Participants' written reflections, lesson plans and annotated teaching videos were analyzed in fine detail to better understand their ideas about what it means to engage in each of the practices. The findings suggest that preservice elementary teachers hold promising ideas about scientific practices (such as an emphasis on argumentation and communication between scientists, critical thinking, and answering and asking questions as the goal of science) as well as problematic ideas (including confusion over the purpose of modeling and the process of analysis, and conflating argumentation and explanation building). These results highlight the strengths and limitations of using the Framework (NRC 2012) as an instructional text and the difficulties of differentiating between preservice teachers' content knowledge about doing the practices and their pedagogical knowledge about teaching the practices.

  14. Engaging Youth and Pre-Service Teachers in Immigration Deliberations (United States)

    Daniel, Shannon M.


    In this report of innovative teacher practice, the author describes an arts-based event which brought together adolescent refugee and immigrant students and pre-service teachers to deliberate about immigration policies and attitudes in the United States.

  15. Preparing Preservice Teachers for Inclusive Classrooms: Does Completing Coursework on Managing Challenging Behaviours Increase Their Classroom Management Sense of Efficacy? (United States)

    O'Neill, Sue C.


    Preservice teacher education courses provide an opportunity for the development of knowledge, skills, and confidence in classroom and behaviour management. This study reports the change in classroom management sense of efficacy (CMSE) of a small cohort of Australian preservice primary teachers at 4 time points (precoursework, preprofessional…

  16. Developing a Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) Assessment for Preservice Teachers Learning to Teach English as a Foreign Language (United States)

    Baser, Derya; Kopcha, Theodore J.; Ozden, M. Yasar


    This paper reports the development and validation process of a self-assessment survey that examines technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) among preservice teachers learning to teach English as a foreign language (EFL). The survey, called TPACK-EFL, aims to provide an assessment tool for preservice foreign language teachers that…

  17. Towards a Pre-Service Technology Teacher Education Resource for New Zealand (United States)

    Forret, Michael; Fox-Turnbull, Wendy; Granshaw, Bruce; Harwood, Cliff; Miller, Angela; O'Sullivan, Gary; Patterson, Moira


    The Pre-service Technology Teacher Education Resource (PTTER) was developed as a cross-institutional resource to support the development of initial technology teacher education programmes in New Zealand. The PTTER was developed through collaboration involving representatives from each of the six New Zealand university teacher education providers,…

  18. WebQuest experience: Pre-Service secondary maths and chemistry teachers


    Erdoğan Halat


    The aim of this study was to examine the impact of developing WebQuests on the attention, confidence, relevance and satisfaction, or motivation, of pre-service secondary mathematics and chemistry teachers in the instructional technologies and material design course. There were a total of 67 pre-service teachers, 32 pre-service secondary mathematics teachers and 35 pre-service secondary chemistry teachers involved in this study, which took place over seven weeks. The pre-service teachers in bo...

  19. Improving pre-service elementary teachers' self-reported efficacy for using the professional teacher standards in health education. (United States)

    Clark, Jeffrey K; Clark, Susan E; Brey, Rebecca A


    The effectiveness of health education methods courses for pre-service elementary teachers has not been assessed for improving the pre-service elementary teacher's self-efficacy for using the professional teacher standards in health education (PTSHE). A quasi-experimental design was used to assess pre-service elementary teachers' self-efficacy toward using the PTSHE. Four institutions whose elementary education programs provide a health education methods course were recruited to participate in the study. Students were recruited to participate and they completed the Pre-service Health Education National Standards Self-efficacy (PHENSS) Scale at the beginning and end of the semester. Data were analyzed using SPSS (version 15) software. A significant increase in the PHENSS Scale scores indicated that a 3-credit health education methods course could improve the pre-service elementary teacher's self-efficacy to use the national standards in their teaching of health education. Further analysis indicated statistically significant improvement of the participants' PHENSS scores in 2 of the 7 standards. Teacher self-efficacy can be a useful measure of the pre-service elementary teachers' ability to use the national standards for health education. The design of the methods course may affect the PHENSS scores. © 2014, American School Health Association.

  20. Preparing for the Plunge: Preservice Teachers' Assessment Literacy (United States)

    Siegel, Marcelle A.; Wissehr, Cathy


    Using a framework of assessment literacy that included principles, tools, and purposes, this study explored the assessment literacy of 11 secondary preservice teachers. Participants' journals, teaching philosophies, and inquiry-based science units served as data sources. We examined how the preservice teachers understood assessment tools as well as their reasons for using assessment. Additionally, we investigated how the preservice teachers incorporated assessments into inquiry-based science units. Analysis of these documents indicated that preservice teachers recognize the need to align assessments with learning goals and instructional strategies and are using a variety of assessments. They understood several ways to use assessment for learning. However, the inclusion of assessments contained within the science units did not fully align with the views of assessment the preservice teachers presented in their teaching philosophies or journals. Instead of using a variety of assessments that reflect science reforms, the preservice teachers reverted to traditional forms of assessment in their science units. Teacher education programs need to place more emphasis on developing preservice teachers' assessment literacy so that they are better able to select and implement a variety of appropriate assessments to foster student learning.

  1. Service-Learning Linking Family Child Care Providers, Community Partners, and Preservice Professionals (United States)

    Garner, Pamela W.; Parker, Tameka S.


    This article describes the implementation of a service-learning project, which was infused into a child development course. The project linked family child care providers, their licensing agency, and 39 preservice teachers in a joint effort to develop a parent handbook to be used by the providers in their child care businesses and to support…

  2. Comparison of Teachers and Pre-Service Teachers with Respect to Personality Traits and Career Adaptability (United States)

    Eryilmaz, Ali; Kara, Ahmet


    The aim of the study is to compare teachers and pre-service teachers in terms of personality traits and career adaptability. The relationships between personality traits and career adaptability are also investigated. A total of 176 pre-service teachers took part in the study, including 90 men and 76 women, and a total of 204 teachers took part in…

  3. Elementary Preservice Teachers' and Teacher Educators' Perceptions of Financial Literacy Education (United States)

    Henning, Mary Beth; Lucey, Thomas A.


    The authors conducted an online survey of elementary teacher education programs within a large midwestern state to assess preservice teachers' and teacher educators' beliefs about and preparedness to teach financial literacy. Very few preservice teachers had meaningful experiences with personal finance in high school, college, or personal decision…

  4. Preparing Pre-Service Teachers as Emancipatory and Participatory Action Researchers in a Teacher Education Programme (United States)

    Esau, Omar


    In this paper I analyse the potential that participatory action research holds for educating pre-service teachers to become more critically reflective and socially conscious. I also describe the rationale for and process of engaging pre-service teachers in their teacher education programme. Involving these candidate teachers in participatory…

  5. Secondary Preservice Teachers' Development of Teaching Scientific Writing (United States)

    Pytash, Kristine E.


    Educators have argued the need for greater attention on how teachers learn to teach writing in science (Kelly and Bazerman in Appl Linguist 24(1):28-55, 2003; Martin in Writing science: literacy and discursive power. University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, pp 166-202, 1993). This article summarizes the findings of a qualitative study of five science preservice teachers as they experienced a unit of study, an inquiry-based instructional framework for the teaching of writing. Results found initially the science preservice teachers did not have knowledge of specific instructional approaches to teach writing. The science preservice teachers engaged in critical and analytical reading and writing, which enhanced their knowledge of writing and how to teach writing. The unit of study approach to writing may offer teacher educators a way to engage science preservice teachers in a method to teach scientific writing.

  6. Assessing pre-service science teachers' technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) through observations and lesson plans (United States)

    Canbazoglu Bilici, Sedef; Selcen Guzey, S.; Yamak, Havva


    Background: Technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) is critical for effective teaching with technology. However, generally science teacher education programs do not help pre-service teachers develop TPACK. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess pre-service science teachers' TPACK over a semester-long Science Methods. Sample: Twenty-seven pre-service science teachers took the course toward the end of their four-year teacher education program. Design and method: The study employed the case study methodology. Lesson plans and microteaching observations were used as data collection tools. Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge-based lesson plan assessment instrument (TPACK-LpAI) and Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Observation Protocol (TPACK-OP) were used to analyze data obtained from observations and lesson plans. Results: The results showed that the TPACK-focused Science Methods course had an impact on pre-service teachers' TPACK to varying degrees. Most importantly, the course helped teachers gain knowledge of effective usage of educational technology tools. Conclusion: Teacher education programs should provide opportunities to pre-service teachers to develop their TPACK so that they can effectively integrate technology into their teaching.

  7. Copyright, digital media literacies and preservice teacher education

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    Michael Dezuanni


    Full Text Available This article considers copyright knowledge and skills as a new literacy that can be developed through the application of digital media literacy pedagogies. Digital media literacy is emerging from more established forms of media literacy that have existed in schools for several decades and have continued to change as the social and cultural practices around media technologies have changed. Changing requirements of copyright law present specific new challenges for media literacy education because the digitisation of media materials provides individuals with opportunities to appropriate and circulate culture in ways that were previously impossible. This article discusses a project in which a group of preservice media literacy educators were introduced to knowledge and skills required for the productive and informed use of different copyrights frameworks. The students’ written reflections and video production responses to a series of workshops about copyright are discussed, as are the opportunities and challenges provided by copyright education in preservice teacher education.

  8. Reflections of Preservice Information Technology Teachers Regarding Cyberbullying


    Yavuz Akbulut; Cem Çuhadar


    The current phenomenological study addressed the reflections of preservice information technology (IT) teachers regarding their cyberbullying or victimization experiences. Fifty five preservice IT teachers at a Turkish teacher training institution were offered a lecture with the purpose of awareness-raising on cyberbullying, which was followed by the assignment of take-home reflection papers. Document analysis on reflection papers led researchers to find out underlying themes regarding partic...

  9. Developing Culturally Competent Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Lewis Chiu, Calli; Sayman, Donna; Carrero, Kelly M.; Gibbon, Thomas; Zolkoski, Staci M.; Lusk, Mandy E.


    An unfortunate, yet persistent, truth in U.S. public schools is the large achievement gap existing between children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their White, middle-class counterparts. The potential for cultural dissonance between contemporary teachers and their students necessitates that educators must persistently…

  10. Effectiveness of Lesson Study Approach on Preservice Science Teachers' Beliefs (United States)

    Yakar, Zeha; Turgut, Duygu


    Beliefs influence teacher decision in the classroom. Because of this reason, understanding teachers' beliefs is important. It is also critical to study teachers' beliefs who integrate science in the classroom. In this study, the effects of microteaching with lesson study approach on preservice science teachers' beliefs about learning and teaching…

  11. Preservice Teachers' In-the-Moment Teaching Decisions in Reading (United States)

    Griffith, Robin


    This study examines the types of in-the-moment teaching decisions 97 preservice teachers made while teaching reading and how their growing bodies of teacher knowledge influenced their abilities to think, know, feel and act like a teacher (Feiman-Nemser, 2008). Findings indicated that the teacher educator's use of "metacognitive…

  12. Preservice Teachers' Identity Development during the Teaching Internship (United States)

    Nghia, Tran Le Huu; Tai, Huynh Ngoc


    This article reports the analysis of two preservice teachers' narratives to highlight the process of teacher identity development during their teaching internship. The analysis showed that their teacher identities had been shaped before they entered the teacher education program where it continued to be shaped by educational experts. In that way,…

  13. Preservice Teachers' Coping Styles and Their Responses to Bullying (United States)

    Kahn, Jeffrey H.; Jones, Jayme L.; Wieland, Amy L.


    The literature suggests that teacher responses to bullying are a function of the type of aggression (overt vs. relational), the gender of the children involved, and characteristics of the teacher. We extended the literature by examining teachers' dispositional coping styles as a predictor of their responses to bullying. Preservice teachers (N =…

  14. What Millennial Preservice Teachers Want to Learn in Their Training (United States)

    Clark, Sarah K.; Byrnes, Deborah


    As teacher educators, we implore teacher candidates to understand the cultures and experiences of their students to engage them in learning. Yet, preservice teachers are seldom asked what they hope to learn in their training to become teachers of young children. In this study, we examined the interests, resources, and expectations of millennial…

  15. Moving From Theory to Practice: ELT Pre-service Teachers

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    Şaziye Yaman


    Full Text Available This study was conducted to investigate the perceptual change in pre-service teachers’ effective teacher beliefs throughout their education in English Language Teaching (ELT Department of which programme is constructed spirally from theoretical knowledge to the practical one. Throughout a data collection procedure lasted 5 academic terms, 80 pre-service teachers were asked to write their ideas about “the characteristics of an effective teacher”. In each time, as the pre-service teachers moved from theoretical courses to practical ones, the data obtained at each time was analyzed through content analysis and classified under 3 semantic groups; “content knowledge, classroom behaviours, academic qualities”. Results showed that pre-service teachers’ beliefs of effective teacher changed throughout their teacher education programme as they moved from theory to practice.

  16. Pre-service secondary school science teachers science teaching ...

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    The main purpose of the study was to explore pre-service secondary science .... Related literature. In a study to identify changes in pre-service elementary teachers' sense of efficacy in teaching science, Ginns, Watters, Tulip and Lucas ... between background factors such as gender, years of teaching and grade levels and.

  17. Using a Simulation to Teach Reading Assessment to Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Ferguson, Kristen


    Simulations are an underpinning pedagogy and tradition in some professional fields, such as medicine, yet are seldom used in education. In this study, the author reports on the findings of a reading assessment situation activity that she did with preservice early grade (kindergarten to grade 6) teachers. In addition to giving preservice teachers…

  18. Investigating Preservice STEM Teacher Conceptions of STEM Education (United States)

    Radloff, Jeff; Guzey, Selcen


    Surrounding the national emphasis on improving STEM education, effective STEM educators are required. Connected, yet often overlooked, is the need for effective preservice STEM teaching instruction for incoming educators. At a basic level, preservice STEM teacher education should include STEM content, pedagogy, and conceptualization. However, the…

  19. Pre-Service Science Teachers' Mental Models about Science Teaching (United States)

    Tatar, Nilgun; Yildiz Feyzioglu, Eylem; Buldur, Serkan; Akpinar, Ercan


    The main purpose of this study is to explore preservice science teachers' mental models of science teaching. Additionally it is investigated whether there is a significant correlation between their gender and grade levels in terms of mental models. The sample of this study composed of 300 (111 males and 189 females) pre-service science teachers…

  20. Examining Preservice EFL Teachers' TPACK Competencies in Turkey (United States)

    Ekrem, Solak; Recep, Çakir


    The purpose of the study was to understand the TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) competency of preservice English teachers and to determine whether there were any significant differences in terms of gender and academic achievement. This study was conducted at a state-run university and subjects were 137 preservice English…

  1. A Narrative of Two Preservice Music Teachers with Visual Impairment (United States)

    Parker, Elizabeth Cassidy; Draves, Tami J.


    The purpose of this narrative inquiry was to re-story the student teaching experience of two preservice music education majors who are visually impaired or blind. While music education scholars have devoted attention to P-12 students with disabilities, research with preservice music teachers with impairments is seemingly nonexistent. Using a…

  2. Preservice Science Teachers' Views on Science-Technology-Society (United States)

    Dikmentepe, Emel; Yakar, Zeha


    The aim of this study is to investigate the views of pre-service science teachers on Science-Technology-Society (STS). In the research, a descriptive research method was used and data were collected using the Views on Science-Technology-Society (VOSTS) Questionnaire. In general, the results of this study revealed that pre-service science teachers…

  3. Socioscientific Argumentation of Pre-Service Teachers about Genetically Modified Organisms (United States)

    Herawati, D.; Ardianto, D.


    This study aims to investigate socioscientific argumentation of pre-service teachers of science and non-science major regarding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) issue. We used descriptive study and involved second-year pre-service teachers from two major, 28 pre-service science teachers (PSTs) and 28 pre-service non-science teachers (PNSTs) as participants. Paper and pencil test was administered in order to obtain the data of PSTs’ and PNSTs’ argument about GMOs. All of the data were analyzed by descriptive analysis. We applied Toulmin Argumentation Pattern (TAP) as a basic framework to identify the argumentation component. The result showed that both PSTs and PNSTs were able to propose an argument with a claim, data, and/or warrant.. Most of their argument contain data which provided in the text, without any further reasoning or relevant scientific knowledge. So, the coherency between argumentation component in both PSTs and PNSTs was limited. However, PSTs are more able to propose coherent arguments than PNSTs. These findings indicated that educational background and learning experiences may influence to pre-service teacher argumentation in the context of GMOs. Beside that, teaching and learning process which focused on the socioscientific issues is necessary to develop pre-service teachers’ argumentation

  4. Mathematics Anxiety and Mathematics Teacher Efficacy in Elementary Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Gresham, Gina


    This study investigated the relationship between mathematics anxiety and mathematics teacher efficacy among 156 elementary pre-service teachers from a university in the southeastern United States. Data sources included the Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale (MARS), Mathematics Teaching Efficacy Beliefs Instrument, and pre-service teacher interviews.…

  5. Passing as White: Race, Shame, and Success in Teacher Licensure Testing Events for Black Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Petchauer, Emery


    This qualitative portraiture study explored how race becomes a conscious and salient dimension of teacher licensure exams for black preservice teachers. The findings focus on one black preservice teacher and how she identified as white on the demographic survey preceding her licensure exam due to the racialized nature of the experience and the…

  6. Teacher Training and Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Self-Efficacy for Science Teaching (United States)

    Velthuis, Chantal; Fisser, Petra; Pieters, Jules


    This study focuses on the improvement of pre-service teachers' self-efficacy for teaching science by including science courses within the teacher training program. Knowing how efficacy beliefs change over time and what factors influence the development by pre-service primary teachers of positive science teaching efficacy beliefs may be useful for…

  7. A Study of Pre-Service Classroom Teachers' Beliefs about Teachers' and Students' Roles (United States)

    Kögce, Davut


    The aim of this study is to determine pre-service classroom teachers' beliefs and thoughts about the roles of teachers and students in the classroom before taking the Mathematics Teaching I course. With this purpose, the study employed the survey method, a descriptive research technique. The study sample included 75 pre-service teachers (55…

  8. Making Their Own Path: Preservice Teachers' Development of Purpose in Social Studies Teacher Education (United States)

    Hawley, Todd S.; Crowe, Alicia R.


    Despite a solid body of research on rationale development in social studies teacher education, little research exists exploring how social studies preservice teachers' purposes develop over time. This article presents four examples of social studies preservice teachers as they grappled with developing a purpose for teaching social studies.…

  9. Metaphorical Perceptions of Pre-Service Social Studies Teachers towards the Concept of "Social Studies Teacher" (United States)

    Uslu, Salih


    The purpose of this study is to find out Social Studies teachers' perception of pre-service Social Studies teachers using metaphors. The study group in this research includes 83 pre-service teachers at the department of Social Studies, the faculty of education in a state university in Turkey. The research was conducted during 2014-2015 academic…

  10. Learning as Students to become Better Teachers: Pre-Service Teachers' IWB Learning Experience (United States)

    Divaharan, Shanti; Koh, Joyce Hwee Ling


    The study presented in this paper involved 124 Singaporean pre-service teachers who were attending a core information and communications technology (ICT) module, which is a component of their teacher education program. During this module, the pre-service teachers were introduced to the interactive whiteboard (IWB) through an instructional approach…

  11. Preservice teachers' belief systems toward curricular outcomes for physical education. (United States)

    Kulinna, Pamela Hodges; Brusseau, Timothy; Ferry, Matthew; Cothran, Donetta


    This study was grounded in the belief systems and physical activity literature and investigated preservice teachers' belief systems toward curricular outcomes for physical education programs. Preservice teachers (N = 486; men = 62%, women = 38%) from 18 U.S. colleges/universities shared their beliefs about curricular outcomes. Preservice teachers completed a previously validated belief systems instrument designed to measure the relative importance of four outcome goals for programs (physical activity/fitness, self-actualization, motor skill development, and social development). Internal consistency reliability for the instrument was .98. A confirmatory factor analysis demonstrated a good fit of the current sample to the hypothesized outcomes model. Multivariate analysis of variance results revealed a significant interaction in outcome preservice teachers' priorities for year in school by region. The teachers' views also differed on the important outcome goals for physical education. Two critical "tensions" are discussed: (a) the need to examine more fully the consistency of preservice teacher/teacher belief systems, and (b) implications for teacher education and professional development programming. It is important to heed prospective teachers' voices and address their belief systems in teacher education programs.

  12. Utilizing Web 2.0 to Provide an International Experience for Pre-Service Elementary Education Teachers--The IPC Project (United States)

    Ausband, Leigh T.; Schultheis, Klaudia


    This paper describes an international project completed by groups of pre-service elementary education students in four countries. Students utilized Web 2.0 technologies to design and conduct a study on a topic of their choosing related to curriculum and instruction, in elementary schools. This paper also presents results of a survey given to two…

  13. Defining Academic Dishonesty Behaviors According to Pre-Service Teachers


    Muhammet ÖZDEN; Döndü ÖZDEMİR ÖZDEN


    The aim of this study is to determine academic dishonesty behaviors based on the opinions of pre-service elementary and social studies teachers. This study was designed using a student self-report survey questionnaire. The sample of this study consisted of 445 pre-service teachers. The research data was collected using “the academic dishonesty behaviors opinion survey” developed for this research. The research data was analyzed using descriptive statistical techniques and chi-square test. Res...

  14. Examining Communication Skills Of Pre-service Information Technology Teachers


    Karakoyun, Ferit; Yurdakul, Işıl Kabakçı


    The purpose of the present study was to determine the communication skills of preservice information technology (IT) teachers attending Computer Education and Instructional Technologies (CEIT) at Anadolu University and to examine their levels of communication skills with respect to various variables. In the study, the singular and correlational survey models were applied. The research sample included a total of 183 preservice IT teachers in the 2009-2010 academic year. As the data collection ...

  15. Dialogic Pedagogy and Educating Preservice Teachers for Critical Multiculturalism

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    Nermine Abd Elkader


    Full Text Available The study investigates the potentials of educating preservice teachers for critical multiculturalism through dialogic pedagogy. The study findings suggest that dialogic pedagogy experienced some successes in encouraging preservice teachers to revise their worldview about certain topics in the multicultural curriculum about which they were not initially open to dialogue. The study should contribute to the literature of dialogic pedagogy and multicultural education in terms of suggesting more democratic educational approaches toward teaching the controversial topics of the multicultural curriculum.

  16. "The Factor that Makes Us More Effective Teachers": Two Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Experience of Bibliotherapy (United States)

    Wilson, Sue; Thornton, Steve


    This paper describes the experiences of two pre-service primary teachers in a teacher education subject focusing on mathematics and learning difficulties. It describes how bibliotherapy was a powerful reflective tool that provided them with the opportunity to respond cognitively and affectively to their own schooling. By analysing readings about…

  17. Transphobia and Cisgender Privilege: Pre-Service Teachers Recognizing and Challenging Gender Rigidity in Schools (United States)

    Kearns, Laura-Lee; Mitton-Kükner, Jennifer; Tompkins, Joanne


    Our study provides examples of how critical curricula and social justice education can be brought together to inform teacher education. Building upon our ongoing longitudinal study, which investigates the impact of an integrated LGBTQ awareness program, we focus in this article on five pre-service teachers who identified critical incidents in…

  18. Do Pre-Service Elementary School Teachers Still Have Mathematics Anxiety? Some Factors and Correlates (United States)

    Çatlioglu, Hakan; Gürbüz, Ramazan; Birgin, Osman


    This study aims to provide new evidence from Turkish pre-service elementary school (PES) teachers and to identify some correlations and factors associated with mathematics anxiety (MA). 480 Turkish PES teachers participated in this study. Data was collected using a "Personal Information Form," "Mathematics Anxiety Scale," and…

  19. A Preliminary Investigation into Critical Thinking of In-Service and Pre-Service Middle School Chemistry Teachers in Shaanxi Province of China (United States)

    Zhou, Qing; Yan, Chungeng; Zhao, Shuyu; Liu, Liya; Xing, Lijuan


    This research investigated the development of critical thinking of middle school chemistry teachers in Shaanxi province of China. In-service and pre-service teachers' critical thinking are examined in order to provide evidence for establishing teachers' standard. The sample in this study consisted of 69 in-service and 61 pre-service chemistry…

  20. Uncovering and Informing Preservice Teachers' Prior Knowledge about Poverty (United States)

    Mundy, Charlotte Anne; Leko, Melinda Marie


    This study explored 30 preservice teachers' knowledge on issues related to poverty. In an open-ended questionnaire, preservice teachers' perceptions of poverty and how teachers should respond to students from poverty were explored. Results indicated that preservice teachers' knowledge was nonspecific and lacked focus on the relationship among…

  1. Examining Primary Pre-Service Teachers' Perspectives on Teaching Practice Courses (United States)

    Basturk, Savas


    The courses "school experience" and "teaching practice" are undoubtedly among the central courses to be received by pre-service teachers who will be future teachers. Through them, pre-service teachers obtain the realistic information about their profession. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine pre-service teachers'…

  2. The efficacy beliefs of preservice science teachers in professional development school and traditional school settings (United States)

    Newsome, Demetria Lynn

    . Findings of the study have implications for the design of preservice science teacher clinical experiences including providing longer, organized clinical experiences and preferential selection of preservice science teachers for PDS practicum assignments.

  3. Elementary science education: Dilemmas facing preservice teachers (United States)

    Sullivan, Sherry Elaine

    Prospective teachers are involved in a process of induction into a culture of teaching that has rules, or codes of conduct for engaging in teaching practice. This same culture of teaching exists within a larger culture of schooling that also has values and norms for behaviors, that over time have become institutionalized. Teacher educators are faced with the challenging task of preparing preservice teachers to resolve dilemmas that arise from conflicts between the pressure to adopt traditional teaching practices of schooling, or to adopt inquiry-based teaching practices from their university methods classes. One task for researchers in teacher education is to define with greater precision what factors within the culture of schooling hinder or facilitate implementation of inquiry-based methods of science teaching in schools. That task is the focus of this study. A qualitative study was undertaken using a naturalistic research paradigm introduced by Lincoln and Guba in 1985. Participant observation, interviews, discourse analysis of videotapes of lessons from the methods classroom and written artifacts produced by prospective teachers during the semester formed the basis of a grounded theory based on inductive analysis and emergent design. Unstructured interviews were used to negotiate outcomes with participants. Brief case reports of key participants were also written. This study identified three factors that facilitated or hindered the prospective teachers in this research success in implementing inquiry-based science teaching in their field placement classrooms: (a) the culture of teaching/teacher role-socialization, (b) the culture of schooling and its resistance to change, and (c) the culture of teacher education, especially in regards to grades and academic standing. Some recommendations for overcoming these persistent obstacles to best practice in elementary science teaching include: (a) preparing prospective teachers to understand and cope with change

  4. Inuit Preservice Teachers: A Lesson in Community Learning. (United States)

    Weber, Ellen


    Examines the cooperative atmosphere of Inuit preservice teacher education, indicating that teachers tend to use a variety of learning approaches, create collaborative activities, and make use of natural learning environments. Suggests that Inuit ideas can inform other cultures' efforts to create community-based teacher education programs. (10…

  5. Preservice Teachers' Developing Conceptions of Teaching English Learners (United States)

    Kelly, Laura Beth


    In this study, 12 preservice teachers in a community college English as a second language (ESL) K-12 teacher education program drew pictures and wrote descriptions of teachers teaching English language learners (ELLs) at the beginning and end of an ESL methods course. Using content analysis, the researcher analyzed the drawings and descriptions…

  6. Minority Pre-service Teachers' and Faculty Training on Climate Change Education in Delaware State University (United States)

    Ozbay, G.; Fox-Lykens, R.; Veron, D. E.; Rogers, M.; Merrill, J.; Harcourt, P.; Mead, H.


    Delaware State University is working toward infusing undergraduate education with climate change science and enhancing the climate change learning content of pre-service teacher preparation programs as part of the MADE-CLEAR project ( Faculty development workshops have been conducted to prepare and educate a cadre of faculty from different disciplines in global climate science literacy. Following the workshops, the faculty participants have integrated climate literacy tenets into their existing curriculum. Follow up meetings have helped the faculty members to use specific content in their curriculum such as greenhouse gases, atmospheric CO2, sea level rise, etc. Additional training provided to the faculty participants in pedagogical methods of climate change instruction to identify common misconceptions and barriers to student understanding. Some pre-service teachers were engaged in summer internships and learned how to become messenger of climate change science by the state parks staff during the summer. Workshops were offered to other pre-service teachers to teach them specific climate change topics with enhanced hands-on laboratory activities. The participants were provided examples of lesson plans and guided to develop their own lesson plans and present them. Various pedagogical methods have been explored for teaching climate change content to the participants. The pre-service teachers found the climate content very challenging and confusing. Training activities were modified to focus on targeted topics and modeling of pedagogical techniques for the faculty and pre-service teachers. Program evaluation confirms that the workshop participant show improved understanding of the workshop materials by the participants if they were introduced few climate topics. Learning how to use hands-on learning tools and preparing lesson plans are two of the challenges successfully implemented by the pre-service teachers. Our next activity includes pre-service

  7. Pre-service mathematics teachers' attitudes towards learning English: A case study in Yogyakarta (United States)

    Setyaningrum, Wahyu


    This study investigated attitudes of pre-service mathematics teachers towards English as one of the subject at the university. It is a qualitative study in which questionnaire and face-to-face interview were employed to collect the data. The participants of this study were sixty students of mathematics education department at one of the university in Yogyakarta. The main research question was concern with how pre-service mathematics teachers perceive the importance of learning English. This study found that most of the participants perceive English as an important language that should be acquired by mathematics teachers. Their beliefs about the importance of English were mostly due to instrumental orientation rather than integrative orientation, such as getting a good job, getting a scholarship and understanding learning sources that are written in English. The data also revealed some obstacles faced by pre-service mathematics teachers in learning English as an additional language for them. The main obstacles were related to the differences between English for mathematics and English in daily life including its vocabulary and structure. Most of the participants argued that several mathematics vocabularies had precise meaning and different from daily English. In addition, they found difficult to understand some sentences used in the paper journal due to its structure. This study therefore, provided an insight into the pre-service mathematics teachers' perception and obstacles when learning English that could be use in improving pre-service teachers' education.

  8. Literacy and Art: Collage for Pre-Service Teachers

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    Alice J. Feret, EdD


    Full Text Available Art educators have a unique opportunity to develop and strengthen a crosscurricular foundation in literacy through art education. Enrolled in a content area reading course, pre-service teachers in art education at one, large southeastern university discovered that using language skills as a lens sharpened their observations of student performance in art classes at the elementary and high school levels. The inclusion of brief lessons featuring listening, reading, speaking, or writing strategies revealed unanticipated academic needs, which impacted classroom performance and artistic development. This increased awareness deepened preservice teachers’ understanding of young students as learners and allowed the preservice teachers to adjust their lesson planning and classroom management skills. The pre-service teachers were more confident in their practice as they witnessed the results of their efforts in terms of students’ improved levels of artistic achievements.

  9. Perspectives on astronomy: probing Norwegian pre-service teachers and middle school students

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    Lindstrøm, Christine; Brendehaug, Morten; Engel, Megan C


    We report on ongoing work to gain insight into the astronomy knowledge and perspectives of pre-service teachers and middle school students in Norway. We carefully adapted and translated into Norwegian an existing instrument, the Introductory Astronomy Questionnaire (IAQ); we administered this adapted IAQ to (i) pre-service teachers at the largest teacher education institution in Norway, and (ii) students drawn from eight middle schools in Oslo, in both cases before and after astronomy instruction. Amongst our preliminary findings - based on an analysis of both free-response writing and multiple-choice responses - was that when prompted to provide responses to hypothetical students, the pre-service teachers exhibited a marked drop in pedagogical responses pre- to post-instruction, with corresponding shifts towards more authoritative responses. We also identified potentially serious issues relating to middle school students' conceptions of size and distances in the universe, with significant stratification alon...

  10. Scaffolding preservice teachers' noticing of elementary students' scientific thinking (United States)

    Hawkins, Susan R.

    To effectively meet students' needs, educational reform in science calls for adaptive instruction based on students' thinking. To gain an understanding of what students know, a teacher needs to attend to, probe, and analyze student thinking to provide information to base curricular decisions, upon. These three components make up the skill of noticing. Learning to notice is not easy for any teacher, but is especially difficult for preservice teachers, who lack the experience these skills require. Additionally they lack the professional knowledge needed to inform responses. The purpose of this study was to discover how a combination of scaffolds: video-based reflection on practice, a professional learning community, and a content specific moderator as a guide can be embedded into a methods course to support preservice teachers' learning to professionally notice elementary students' scientific thinking in order to provide a responsive curriculum. The study was designed on the premise that the skill of professional noticing is critical for preservice teachers to acquire the knowledge and ability to develop their personal PCK and topic specific professional knowledge. It was situated in a methods course as this is the structure provided within teacher education programs to tie theory to practice. This qualitative case study, studied one section of an elementary science methods course during teaching of their science unit. In general participants' skills progressed from noticing the class as a whole to attending to specific students' thinking and from a focus on evaluation to interpretation. By the end they were connecting teaching strategies to student thinking. How participants' responded to what they had noticed progressed as well, moving from frontloading information to creating additional constructivist based learning experiences when encountering student confusion demonstrating growth in their professional knowledge as well as their noticing skills. They attributed

  11. Areas of mentoring needsof novice and preservice teachers

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    Nilgün Dağ


    Full Text Available This research on mentoring phenomenon aims at putting forth the areas of mentoring need for the novice and preservice teachers. This study exhibits a pattern consisting of qualitative research model and takes as a basis the case study approach. Criteria sampling technique was used in the research due to reasons peculiar to the research. The research was conducted with primary teachers with one to five years of experience in his/her occupation as well as candidate teachers who haven’t started service yet. The data was collected through interviews with novice and preservice teachers. Content analysis method was used in the analysis of the data. As a result of the research, it was found out that both novice and preservice teachers need mentoring on pedagogically significant matters.

  12. Views of Elementary School Pre-Service Teachers About the Use of Educational Mathematics Games in Mathematics Teaching

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    Hasan Topçu


    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to reveal the opinions of elementary school pre-service teachers about the usage of educational mathematics games in elementary mathematics teaching. In this study, case study that, one of qualitative research methods, was used. Data were collected by utilizing a semi-structured interview form to these elementary school pre-service teachers and analyzed using by content analysis method. A total of 10 junior pre-service teachers enrolled in undergraduate programs of elementary teaching attended to this research. In conclusion, these pre-service teachers indicated that educational computer games would provide benefits such as making students’ learning more permanent, visualizing concepts, making students love mathematics, learning by entertaining, reinforcing what has been learnt and developing thinking skills. Nevertheless, these elementary school pre-service teachers stated the limitations about educational computer games such as causing addiction and physical damages, being time-consuming, requiring special equipment and software and making class management difficult. Besides, it was revealed that the pre-service teachers demonstrated positive attitudes towards the use of games in courses while that they did not feel themselves competent in terms of application.Key Words:    Educational computer games, mathematics teaching, elementary school pre-service teachers

  13. Infusing Science, Technology, and Society Into an Elementary Teacher Education Program: The Impact on Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Henning, Mary Beth; Peterson, Barbara R.; King, Kenneth Paul


    In an effort to improve science and social studies instruction, preservice teachers developed original science, technology, and society units to teach in elementary and middle school classrooms during their clinical field experience. Data revealed that the preservice teachers fell into categories of being skeptics, open-minded instructors, or…

  14. Investigating Pre-Service Teacher Motivation across Cultures Using the Teachers' Ten Statements Test (United States)

    Klassen, Robert M.; Al-Dhafri, Said; Hannok, Wanwisa; Betts, Shea M.


    Motivations for choosing teaching as a career were investigated in 200 pre-service teachers from Canada and Oman. We used a novel structured qualitative approach and two theoretical models to analyze how pre-service teacher career-choice motivation varied according to cultural context. The results of the study showed that Canadian participants…

  15. How pre-service teachers' personality traits, self-efficacy, and discipline strategies contribute to the teacher-student relationship. (United States)

    de Jong, Romi; Mainhard, Tim; van Tartwijk, Jan; Veldman, Ietje; Verloop, Nico; Wubbels, Theo


    Although the teacher-student relationship is a well-documented phenomenon, few attempts have been made to identify its predictors. Research has mainly focused on in-service teachers, less is known about characteristics of pre-service teachers in relation to the teacher-student relationship. The purpose of this study was to identify the predictors of pre-service secondary teachers' relationships with their students. It was hypothesized that friendliness and extraversion, self-efficacy in classroom management and in student engagement, and various discipline strategies would contribute to the teacher-student relationship in terms of influence and affiliation. A total of 120 pre-service teachers in teacher education programmes participated. Data on pre-service teachers' background (e.g., gender and age), personality traits, and self-efficacy were gathered with teacher questionnaires; data on teachers' discipline strategies and the teacher-student relationship with student questionnaires. The two personality traits and self-efficacy appeared not to be related to the teacher-student relationship in terms of affiliation or influence. However, significant relationships were found between the different discipline strategies and the teacher-student relationship in terms of influence and affiliation. There were differential effects for gender on the relationship between discipline strategies on the one hand and influence and affiliation on the other. This study provides relevant new insights into the research fields of classroom management and interpersonal relationships in education. It contributes to our understanding of discipline strategies by fine tuning an existing instrument and revealing interesting connections with the teacher-student relationship. Specific gender effects on this connection are discussed, as are implications for practice. © 2013 The British Psychological Society.

  16. Pre-service teacher discourses: Authoring selves through multimodal compositions

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    Full Text Available This article explores the use of digital and multimodal compositions among preservice elementary education students in a university language and literacy methods course. Furthermore, this piece argues for the inclusion of multimodal representation in our literacy courses given the changes in our digital landscape and the ever-increasing multimodality of our representational and communicational means online. This research aligns with a burgeoning collection of literature, namely New Literacies (Knobel & Lankshear, 2007 and multimodality (Kress & van Leeuwen, 2001. In addition, this research merges with ‘traditional’ print-based literacy pedagogies that argue for models of teacher learning that foreground opportunities to ‘do’ digital composition in order to more effectively prepare students for 21st century literacy skills in epistemologically diverse digital environments. A combination of discourse and multimodal analysis provides a means to couple both linguistic and semiotic data to examine how multimodal design functions in the construction of teacher identities and how the flexibility of these identities in turn work to prepare new teachers for successful transitions into public school cultures. In other words, how might the practice of multimedia production, and reflection on those processes, foster a deeper self-awareness during a time when students are moving from university settings into public schools? This article argues that multimodal text design is dialogic and purposeful with regards to constructions of teacher identities and highlights two ‘Digital Literacy Projects,’ multimodal video compositions designed and produced by preservice teachers with video editing software. The two DLPs contrast the potential for authors to stabilize and/or improvise formations of identity, both which create opportunities to engage in praxis that merge university experiences with public school responsibilities.

  17. A Comparative Examination of Pre-Service Teacher Self-Efficacy Related to Literacy Instruction (United States)

    Helfrich, Sara R.; Clark, Sarah K.


    This study investigated differences in self-efficacy to teach literacy between two groups of pre-service teachers. The authors hypothesized that pre-service teachers enrolled in one program focusing on fewer grade levels (K-3) and requiring more literacy-focused courses would have higher self-efficacy than pre-service teachers enrolled in another…

  18. The Relationship between Preservice Science Teachers' Attitude toward Astronomy and Their Understanding of Basic Astronomy Concepts (United States)

    Bektasli, Behzat


    Turkish preservice science teachers have been taking a two-credit astronomy class during the last semester of their undergraduate program since 2010. The current study aims to investigate the relationship between preservice science teachers' astronomy misconceptions and their attitudes toward astronomy. Preservice science teachers were given an…

  19. Preservice Teachers' Internet Addiction in Terms of Gender, Internet Access, Loneliness and Life Satisfaction (United States)

    Demirer, Veysel; Bozoglan, Bahadir; Sahin, Ismail


    The aim of this study is to investigate pre-service teachers' Internet addiction in terms of gender, Internet accessibility, loneliness and life satisfaction. Statistical analyses were completed on the data by the 247 preservice teachers that filled the surveys completely. According to findings, pre-service teachers' level of loneliness and…

  20. Investigating Turkish Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of Blogs: Implications for the FATIH Project (United States)

    Ocak, Mehmet Akif; Gökçearslan, Sahin; Solmaz, Ebru


    This study aimed to investigate pre-service teachers' perceptions on the use of blogs regarding ICT integration in the FATIH project in Turkey. Participants were 174 pre-service teachers continuing their education. Data collection tool was a questionnaire which measured pre-service teachers' perceptions of the blogs. Questionnaire embodied some…

  1. Predicting Preservice Teacher Competence in Computer Technology: Modeling and Application in Training Environments (United States)

    Fleming, Linda; Motamedi, Vahid; May, Lisa


    The purpose of this study was to determine if modeling by university professors and practicum and cooperating teachers was related to preservice teachers' perceptions of their computer technology skills and if preservice teachers' use of technology in academic and other settings was related to those perceptions. Seventy-nine preservice teacher…

  2. Examination of Pre-Service Science Teachers' Activities Using Problem Based Learning Method (United States)

    Ekici, Didem Inel


    In this study, both the activities prepared by pre-service science teachers regarding the Problem Based Learning method and the pre-service science teachers' views regarding the method were examined before and after applying their activities in a real class environment. 69 pre-service science teachers studying in the 4th grade of the science…

  3. Mathematical Communications: Elementary Pre-Service Teachers' E-Mail Exchanges with Sixth Grade Students (United States)

    Tunc-Pekkan, Zelha; D'Ambrosio, Beatriz S.


    This study examines the communication between pre-service teachers and sixth grade students in a project in which email was used for communication as students learned about fractions and were supported by the pre-service teachers. Specifically, the study investigated how the pre-service teachers applied their mathematical knowledge to understand…

  4. The Perceptions of Participation in a Mobile Collaborative Learning among Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Liu, Shih-Hsiung


    This study uses Facebook as a platform and arranges certain learning tasks to identify the feasibility of mobile collaborative learning for pre-service teachers. The pre-service teachers' sense of community and perceptions of collaborative learning are investigated. A total of 153 pre-service teachers volunteered to participate in an Intern Mobile…

  5. Pre-Service Teachers Identify Connections between Teaching-Learning and Literacy Strategies (United States)

    Liu, Kimy; Robinson, Quintin; Braun-Monegan, Jenelle


    This study explores the transformation of pre-service teachers in their attainment of effective teaching skills. Pre-service teachers learn about the learning-to-read process and implementations of component skills of teaching reading within the practicum. More importantly, pre-service teachers achieve a meaningful understanding of the…

  6. Factors Affecting Preservice Teachers' Computer Use for General Purposes: Implications for Computer Training Courses (United States)

    Zogheib, Salah


    As the majority of educational research has focused on preservice teachers' computer use for "educational purposes," the question remains: Do preservice teachers use computer technology for daily life activities and encounters? And do preservice teachers' personality traits and motivational beliefs related to computer training provided…

  7. Preservice Teachers' Attitudes toward Inclusion and toward Students with Special Educational Needs from Different Ethnic Backgrounds (United States)

    Markova, Maria; Pit-Ten Cate, Ineke; Krolak-Schwerdt, Sabine; Glock, Sabine


    Drawing on social cognition frameworks, we experimentally examined preservice teachers' implicit attitudes toward students with special educational needs (SEN) from different ethnic backgrounds and preservice teachers' explicit attitudes toward inclusive education. Preservice teachers (N = 46) completed an evaluative priming task and…

  8. American Elementary Education Pre-Service Teachers' Attitudes towards Biotechnology Processes (United States)

    Chabalengula, Vivien Mweene; Mumba, Frackson; Chitiyo, Jonathan


    This study examined elementary education pre-service teachers' attitudes towards biotechnology processes. A sample comprised 88 elementary education pre-service teachers at a mid-sized university in the Midwest of the USA. Sixty and 28 of these pre-service teachers were enrolled in Introductory Science Methods course and Advance Science Methods…

  9. Developing a Critical Consciousness for Diversity and Equity among Preservice Music Teachers (United States)

    Robinson, Nicole R.


    For approximately 50 years, music education scholars have purported the need for more diversity training among preservice music teachers. This call has become increasingly urgent as contemporary preservice music teachers encounter the most ethnically and culturally diverse classrooms in public school history. Although preservice music teachers may…

  10. Pre-Service Teachers' Intention to Adopt Mobile Learning: A Motivational Model (United States)

    Baydas, Ozlem; Yilmaz, Rabia M.


    This study proposes a model for determining preservice teachers' intentions to adopt mobile learning from a motivational perspective. Data were collected from 276 preservice teachers and analyzed by structural equation modeling. A model capable of explaining 87% of the variance in preservice teachers' intention to adopt mobile learning was…

  11. Why Change to Active Learning? Pre-Service and In-Service Science Teachers' Perceptions (United States)

    O'Grady, Audrey; Simmie, Geraldine Mooney; Kennedy, Therese


    This article explores pre-service and in-service science teachers' perceptions on active learning, and examines the effectiveness of active learning by pre-service science teachers in the Irish second level classroom through a two-phase study. In the first phase, data on perceptions were gathered from final year pre-service teachers and in-service…

  12. Pre-Service Teachers' Conceptual Structures and Reasoning Patterns on Animal Classification (United States)

    Kiliç, Didem


    The main purpose of the study was to investigate pre-service teachers' perceptions of the criteria used to classify animals. In this regard, it was also aimed at exploring conceptual structures and reasoning patterns shaping the pre-service teachers' perceptions. The participants of the present study were 324 pre-service teachers attending science…

  13. Singaporean Pre-Service Music Teachers' Identities, Motivations and Career Intentions (United States)

    Bennett, Dawn; Chong, Eddy K. M.


    This article explores pre-service music teachers' professional identities during pre-service training. Its focus is a student cohort whose studies are funded by the Singaporean Ministry of Education in return for a commitment--a teaching bond or contract--to work as teachers in schools. An overview of pre-service teacher education and the…

  14. Pre-Service Physics Teachers' Metacognitive Knowledge about Their Instructional Practices (United States)

    Yerdelen-Damar, Sevda; Özdemir, Ömer Faruk; Ünal, Cezmi


    This study aims to investigate pre-service physics teachers' metacognitive knowledge about their teaching practices. The participants included six pre-service physics teachers. A taxonomy of metacognition for teaching was developed to analyze the level of pre-service physics teachers' metacognitive knowledge about their teaching practices.…

  15. Attitudes of Preservice Social Studies Teachers towards Solid Wastes and Recycle (United States)

    Karatekin, Kadir; Merey, Zihni


    The objective of this study is to determine the attitudes of preservice social studies-teachers towards solid wastes and recycle. This study used the screening model, In order to determine the attitudes of preservice teachers towards solid wastes and recycle, we used the "Scale for the Attitudes of Preservice Teachers towards Solid Wastes and…

  16. Math Is Like a Lion Hunting a Sleeping Gazelle: Preservice Elementary Teachers' Metaphors of Mathematics (United States)

    Latterell, Carmen M.; Wilson, Janelle L.


    Preservice elementary teachers hold a variety of beliefs about mathematics and mathematics learning, which influence their teaching. Previous research has shown that preservice elementary teachers believe that mathematics is doing arithmetic. However, it is unclear if preservice elementary teachers truly believe that mathematics is only…

  17. Primary Pre-Service Teachers' Perspectives on Constructivism and Its Implementation in the Schools (United States)

    Savas Basturk


    The aim of this study was to determine pre-service teachers' perspectives on constructivism and its implementation in schools. In order to do this, a semi-structured interview was conducted with 12 primary pre-service teachers from the grades 2, 3, and 4. Four pre-service teachers were voluntarily selected from each grade for interview. Each…

  18. Do Pre-Service Chemistry Teachers Reflect Their Beliefs about Constructivism in Their Teaching Practices? (United States)

    Uzuntiryaki, Esen; Boz, Yezdan; Kirbulut, Demet; Bektas, Oktay


    This study aimed to explore pre-service chemistry teachers' beliefs about constructivism and the influence of their beliefs in their teaching practice. For this purpose, semi-structured interviews were carried out with eight pre-service teachers in order to understand their belief structures. Pre-service teachers' beliefs about constructivism were…

  19. Role of Pre-service Teachers Educators in Forming of Future Teachers Professional Competencies


    Garabiková Pártlová, Margareta


    The dissertation deals with the educators of future teachers and their roles in shaping the professional competencies of pre-service teachers during undergraduate training. The theoretical basis of the work is grounded in the theory of undergraduate education, as well as the concepts of professional competences of teachers and professional competences of pre-service teachers educators and related concept of model role. The empirical part, using mixed methods research, consists of several subs...

  20. Preservice elementary teachers' development of pedagogical design capacity for inquiry---an activity-theoretical perspective (United States)

    Forbes, Cory T.

    Preservice elementary teachers need to begin developing their pedagogical design capacities for inquiry by learning how to translate their conceptions of inquiry into classroom practice through the adaptation and enactment of curriculum materials. Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, I draw upon cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) to investigate preservice elementary teachers' curriculum design and development of pedagogical design capacity for inquiry during the final year of their teacher education program. This study involved analysis of curricular artifacts and survey data from 46 prospective elementary teachers in two sections of an undergraduate elementary science teaching methods course, as well as interviews, observational fieldnotes, reflective journals, and other artifacts from four preservice teachers from this larger group studied during the methods and student teaching semesters. Results show that preservice teachers were able to translate their espoused inquiry frameworks into planned and enacted science lessons. This involved adapting existing curriculum materials to better promote specific inquiry practices, but also to fundamentally shift the nature of classroom science. The preservice teachers' curriculum design efforts were constrained, however, by features of their institutional contexts and subject to emergent tensions. In attempting to resolve these tensions through curriculum design for inquiry, the preservice teachers ultimately articulated a fundamental contradiction between two distinct and competing visions for classroom inquiry: traditional classroom science, which promotes students' reproduction of scientific explanations by objectifying students, and a novel form of classroom inquiry that repositions students as contributing community members involved in the co-construction of knowledge through lesson-specific shared problem-spaces. For each of the preservice teachers, this contradiction had important

  1. Supporting Preservice Science Teachers' Ability to Attend and Respond to Student Thinking by Design


    Kang, H; Anderson, CW


    © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. A teacher's ability to attend and respond to student thinking is a key instructional capacity for promoting complex and deeper learning in science classrooms. This qualitative multiple case study examines 14 preservice science teachers' (PSTs) responses to learning opportunities created to develop this capacity, as provided by a teacher preparation program. The PSTs engaged in multiple cycles of designing assessments and analyzing student work in coordination wi...

  2. Exploring Some Design Principles for Tutoring in Preservice Teacher Preparation (United States)

    Hoffman, James V.; Mosley Wetzel, Melissa


    In this article we summarize our research into literacy preservice teacher preparation. We situate our research on tutorials in the practice turn in teacher preparation. We describe the evolution of our work drawing on findings from seven different studies with the goal of identifying the design features of tutorial experiences that promote…

  3. Creativity in the Early Childhood Classroom: Perspectives of Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Eckhoff, Angela


    This study examined how preservice teachers view the nature and role of creativity in light of the complexities of contemporary early childhood classrooms. A multiple methods approach was utilized and data were collected with the Questionnaire Examining Student Teachers' Beliefs about Creativity (Diakidoy & Kanari, 1999) survey instrument and…

  4. Preservice Teachers Developing Coherent Inquiry Investigations in Elementary Astronomy (United States)

    Plummer, Julia D.; Tanis Ozcelik, Arzu


    For students to attain deep understanding of scientific practices, they will need to have opportunities to participate in sustained engagement in doing science. Such opportunities begin with elementary teachers implementing coherent and well-sequenced inquiry-based investigations in their classrooms. This study explored how preservice teachers (N…

  5. Preparing pre-service teachers as emancipatory and participatory ...

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    teachers initiate and direct their own action research project, with the end goal of im- proving their practice. The degree of individual autonomy offered by this model was consistent with the commitment to empowering pre-service teachers to apply these tools in their own future classrooms. An integral part of the PAR project ...

  6. Learning from Others: Developing Preservice Teachers' Workplace Skills (United States)

    Ammentorp, Louise; Madden, Lauren


    Being a teacher requires the ability to work with difficult behaviors--not just of students and parents but also of colleagues. Preservice teachers need the opportunity to develop and practice collaboration and communication skills in school settings. This essay draws on research from organizational psychology to offer a framework for…

  7. Empowering Preservice Teachers through Tutoring Chronically Ill Cancer Patients (United States)

    Ortlieb, Evan


    When preservice teacher programs are failing to adequately prepare collegiate students towards becoming thriving teachers, what can be done? After many complaints were voiced from my student body, a survey was constructed, which revealed student satisfaction levels were lowest in the following areas: 1) The variety of opportunities to teach…

  8. Assessing Pre-Service Teachers' Information and Communication Technologies Knowledge (United States)

    Kovalik, Cindy; Kuo, Chia-Ling; Karpinski, Aryn


    The impact of a redesigned educational technology course on preservice teachers' knowledge and skills with regard to information and communications technology as defined by ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) was investigated in this study. Two changes were made to the course: (1) a commercially available…

  9. Motivations and Concerns: Voices from Pre-Service Language Teachers (United States)

    Kavanoz, Suzan; Yüksel, Hatice G.


    Contemporary interactionist theories conceive identity formation as a dynamic process that is continuously co-constructed within a social context. For pre-service language teachers, teacher education programs constitute the context in which their professional identities are formed. This cross-sectional qualitative study aims at exploring…

  10. Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of Departmentalization of Elementary Schools (United States)

    Liu, Fuchang


    This paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of departmentalization of elementary schools, with an emphasis on teaching mathematics, as perceived by preservice teachers who shared their opinions through online discussion. Advantages include teachers' enthusiasm about and focused attention on the specialized area and students' easier…

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    introduction of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) in all grades. (R-12) in 2012. With this continual revisiting, reviewing, recapping and changing of the curriculum, it becomes increasingly challenging for teacher education programmes to prepare pre-service teachers to become critically reflective ...

  12. Preparing Elementary English Teachers: Innovations at Pre-Service Level (United States)

    Zein, Mochamad Subhan


    The teaching of English for Young Learners has become a global phenomenon, but many countries are facing dilemma in terms of teacher preparation (Nunan, 2003; Kaplan, Baldauf, & Kamwangamalu, 2011). Indonesia is of no exception. Its pre-service system has not been adequate to sufficiently prepare elementary English teachers with knowledge and…

  13. Preparing Preservice Teachers to Address Bullying through Cartoon Lessons (United States)

    Rule, Audrey C.; Logan, Stephanie R.; Kohler, Frank W.


    Students who qualify for special education services are at risk for being bullied because of their cognitive, emotional, behavioral, or physical differences. Currently, teachers are not effective enough in reducing bullying; better preservice teacher preparation in this area may help to alleviate the problem. The current study explored the effects…

  14. Non-Traditional Preservice Teachers and Their Mathematics Efficacy Beliefs (United States)

    Brown, Amy Bingham


    In Florida, recent legislative changes have granted community colleges the ability to offer baccalaureate degrees in education, frequently to non-traditional students. Based on information obtained from the literature covering preservice teachers' math knowledge, teachers' efficacy beliefs about math, and high-stakes mathematics testing, a study…

  15. Pre-Service Social Studies Teachers' Perspectives towards Netizenship (United States)

    Yigit, E. Özlem


    Nowadays, in technologically mediated discourses of citizenship, new kinds of political, social, economic and cultural forms of belonging are discussed. This study tried to formed a general frame for netizenship and civic virtues in views of pre-service social studies teachers because, social studies teachers are expected to be both model citizens…

  16. A Shifting Paradigm: Preservice Teachers' Multicultural Attitudes and Efficacy (United States)

    Nadelson, Louis S.; Boham, Mikaela D.; Conlon-Khan, Lori; Fuentealba, Molly J.; Hall, Cynthia J.; Hoetker, Gregory A.; Hooley, Diana S.; Jang, Bong Seok; Luckey, Kristina L.; Moneymaker, Kelley J.; Shapiro, Matthew A.; Zenkert, A. J.


    Effective teaching in multicultural settings requires the awareness and ability to adapt to diverse needs and viewpoints. Teachers' multicultural efficacy may be gained from coursework or interactions within diverse communities. In this study the authors determined preservice teachers' multicultural efficacy using the Multicultural Efficacy Scale…

  17. Self-efficacy in Environmental Education: Experiences of elementary education preservice teachers (United States)

    Gardner, Cynthia Crompton

    Despite research showing Environmental Education can provide positive student outcomes in academic achievement, critical thinking, motivation and engagement (Ernst, 2007; Lieberman & Hoody, 1998; Orr, 1992; Palmer, 1998; Powers, 2004; Volk & Cheak, 2003), Environmental Education is currently not a critical element in American public school K-12 education. The present study investigates self-efficacy in Environmental Education through a mixed methods research approach. The data reveal the participants' perspectives of their sense of self-efficacy in Environmental Education. It adds to the body of work on Environmental Education and self-efficacy by specifically investigating the topics through interviews with preservice teachers. Purposeful sampling is used to identify preservice elementary education teachers in their senior year of college with a high measure of self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is measured using the Environmental Education Efficacy Belief Instrument (Sia, 1992). Forty-six preservice teachers completed the instrument. Six preservice teachers were interviewed to determine experiences that impact their self-efficacy in Environmental Education. Continual comparison and cross-case analysis are used to analyze the data. The results reveal a relationship between personal experiences with nature as a young child and current beliefs toward their personal efficacy and teaching outcome efficacy in Environmental Education. Similar to the findings of Sia (1992), the researcher discovered that preservice teachers realize that they lack sufficient knowledge and skill in Environmental Education but believe that effective teaching can increase students understanding of Environmental Education. While the preservice teachers do not believe they will teach Environmental Education as well as other subjects, they will continually seek out better ways to teach Environmental Education. Interviews with participants who had a high self-efficacy revealed the importance of

  18. Snapshots of Authentic Scientific Inquiry and Teacher Preparation: Undergraduate STEM Courses, Preservice and Inservice Teachers' Experiences (United States)

    French, Debbie Ann

    In this dissertation, the researcher describes authentic scientific inquiry (ASI) within three stages of teacher preparation and development: a1) undergraduate STEM courses, b2) preservice secondary science education methods courses, and c3) inservice teacher professional development (PD). Incorporating (ASI)-- pedagogy closely modeling the research practices of scientists--is at the forefront of national science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In the first of three research articles, 42 students participated in an introductory astronomy course which employed inquiry-based pedagogy. The researcher administered the Test Of Astronomy STandards (TOAST) pre/post instruction. In the second article, 56 preservice secondary science teachers completed ideal lesson plan scenarios before and after 80 hours of methods instruction. The researcher scored the scenarios using a rubrirubric developedc according to the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices, and analyzed the components from the scenarios. The third article surveyed 63 inservice STEM teachers with prior research and industry experience. The researcher highlights teacher ASI perspectives. Overall, teachers incorporated opportunities for K-20 students to use scientific instrumentation and technology to collect and analyze data, work collaboratively, and develop evidence-based conclusions. Few teachers provided opportunities for students to ask scientific questions or disseminate results, suggesting the need that teachers (at all levels) need scaffolded instruction in these areas. The researcher argues that while ASI and STEM PDs are effective for teachers, developing similar interest, on-going communities of practice may provide support for teacher to implement the ASI practices in their classrooms.

  19. How well prepared are australian preservice teachers to teach early reading skills?

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    Meeks, Linda J; Kemp, Coral R


    Preservice early childhood and primary teachers from teacher preparation institutions across five Australian states were surveyed regarding their perceptions of preparedness and ability to teach early...

  20. How Pre-Service Teachers Integrate Knowledge of Students' Difficulties in Understanding the Concept of the Arithmetic Mean into Their Pedagogy (United States)

    Prodromou, Theodosia


    This research study investigates how pre-service teachers integrate statistical content, students' thinking, and pedagogy as they examine how 11- to 12-year olds develop mathematically. The findings provide insights into: a) how pre-service teachers identify some of the difficulties that students commonly have, and b) what pedagogical approaches…

  1. Reflections of Preservice Information Technology Teachers Regarding Cyberbullying

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    Yavuz Akbulut


    Full Text Available The current phenomenological study addressed the reflections of preservice information technology (IT teachers regarding their cyberbullying or victimization experiences. Fifty five preservice IT teachers at a Turkish teacher training institution were offered a lecture with the purpose of awareness-raising on cyberbullying, which was followed by the assignment of take-home reflection papers. Document analysis on reflection papers led researchers to find out underlying themes regarding participants’ cyberbullying or victimization experiences. Findings revealed that females were more likely to be victims than males. Instant messaging programs, e-mail, cell phones and online social networks were used as means to cyberbully. Varying psychological consequences of victimization incidents were reported. Noted reactions to incidents were discontinuing interaction with bullies, and seeking family, peer and legal support. Findings further implied that awareness raising activities regarding cyberbullying were likely to reduce cyberbullying instances and increase preservice teachers’ action competence.

  2. Reflections of Preservice Information Technology Teachers Regarding Cyberbullying

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    Yavuz Akbulut


    Full Text Available The current phenomenological study addressed the reflections of preservice information technology (IT teachers regarding their cyberbullying or victimization experiences. Fifty five preservice IT teachers at a Turkish teacher training institution were offered a lecture with the purpose of awareness-raising on cyberbullying, which was followed by the assignment of take-home reflection papers. Document analysis on reflection papers led researchers to find out underlying themes regarding participants’ cyberbullying or victimization experiences. Findings revealed that females were more likely to be victims than males. Instant messaging programs, e-mail, cell phones and online social networks were used as means to cyberbully. Varying psychological consequences of victimization incidents were reported. Noted reactions to incidents were discontinuing interaction with bullies, and seeking family, peer and legal support. Findings further implied that awareness raising activities regarding cyberbullying were likely to reduce cyberbullying instances and increase preservice teachers’ action competence

  3. Preservice Teachers as Change Agents: Going the Extra Mile in Service-Learning Experiences (United States)

    Marchel, Carol A.; Shields, Carol; Winter, Linda


    Educational psychologists involved in teacher education are expected to develop professional teacher dispositions of preservice students. The professional disposition "teacher as change agent" is used to frame actions in service-learning field experiences in a teacher preparation program. Preservice teacher service-learning journals, self-ratings,…

  4. The Influence of Pre-Service Teacher Identity and Personality Traits on Teacher Self-Efficacy


    Arpacı-Somuncu, Dilara


    The present study investigates the predicting effects of pre-service teacher identity and five personality traits (extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience) on teacher self-efficacy among pre-service teachers of English as a foreign language. It was conducted at a state university in Turkey at the spring term of 2015-2016 academic year. A total of 155 students (sophomore N = 77; junior N = 78) participated in the study. In order to measure early ...

  5. Defining Academic Dishonesty Behaviors According to Pre-Service Teachers

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    Muhammet ÖZDEN


    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to determine academic dishonesty behaviors based on the opinions of pre-service elementary and social studies teachers. This study was designed using a student self-report survey questionnaire. The sample of this study consisted of 445 pre-service teachers. The research data was collected using “the academic dishonesty behaviors opinion survey” developed for this research. The research data was analyzed using descriptive statistical techniques and chi-square test. Results indicated 23 items that pre-service teachers agreed on were about academic dishonesty. Of these 10 items were about academic cheating and 13 items were about plagiarism in assignments. The top three academic dishonesty behaviors based on participants opinion were respectively having another person take the test on behalf, stealing exam materials and handing in someone else's essay with his/her name on it. Most pre-service teachers did not accept 4 items as an academic dishonest behavior. These items were using old exam questions in order to prepare an exam, using someone else's notes in order to prepare an exam, to give information to other class students after taking the exam, and taking an exam after receiving information from students who already took the exam. In this study, another important finding was about gender differences; female preservice teachers showed more concern than male pre-service teachers about academic dishonesty behaviors. There were also a few limited significant differences both in grade and class level in all academic dishonesty behaviors.

  6. A cultural historical activity theory perspective to understand preservice science teachers' reflections on and tensions during a microteaching experience (United States)

    Sezen-Barrie, Asli; Tran, Minh-Dan; McDonald, Scott P.; Kelly, Gregory J.


    This study draws from cultural historical activity theory (CHAT) to analyze preservice teachers' reflections on a microteaching activity. Microteaching activities involved preservice educators teaching middle school students from local schools. The study was conducted with 23 preservice teachers enrolled in a large university's teacher education program. During this secondary science teaching methods course, every pair of preservice teachers engaged in 20 minute microteaching activity with 3-5 middle school students. The microteaching was videotaped, and the teachers subsequently provided voice-over reflections on a second audio track. Transcriptions of the microteaching events were analyzed through the formation of event maps showing the phases of activity and the organizational sequence of actions. Event maps were used to investigate the focus of preservice teachers' reflections. The results showed that while learning from their microteaching, preservice teachers focused primarily on the mediating artifacts and gave least attention to the larger teaching community surrounding these activities. Use of CHAT helped to identify challenges in different elements of the microteaching activity. The study contributes to how reflective practice can be enhanced through attention to the social and cultural dimensions of the teaching.

  7. Developing Preservice Teachers' Expertise in Equitable Assessment for English Learners (United States)

    Siegel, Marcelle A.


    This study illustrated a pathway of growth that a preservice teacher might traverse when learning to use and develop equitable assessments (EA). The study is rare in that it looks at the development of preservice teachers' understanding and ability to design EA. I examined the understanding and implementation of EA of 23 secondary preservice teachers within two classes. The methods classes focused on the academic content area of science. Participants' journals, teaching philosophies, and inquiry-based science units served as data sources. Participants progressed from a simple view of EA as "fairness" to a more sophisticated view of EA, including: ways to increase fairness, the importance of challenging students, and using assessments for learning. Results also showed changes in preservice teachers' views of learners and the purpose of assessment. While understanding developed robustly, teachers' assessment plans in their units were not as strong. Teacher education programs need to place more emphasis on developing critical understanding of EA practices to meet the needs of diverse learners.

  8. Pre-Service Teachers Methods of Teaching Science

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    Dr. Raquel C. Pambid


    Full Text Available The study described the teaching methods used by pre-service teachers in Science. It focused on the strategies, techniques, materials, innovative methods and pattern of teaching science used by the pre-service teachers as described in their lesson plans. The qualitative and quantitative design was used in the study. The books, teacher hand-outs from classroom lectures were the sources of methods, strategies and techniques. The chalkboard and self-made drawings and charts were the materials often used. Conventional methods like lecture, open class discussion and demonstration were commonly employed. The strategies included group discussion, use of motivating questions and stories to arouse the interest of students. The direct eye contact, body expressions, jokes and news/trivia were frequent techniques. Integration of values in the lesson became less as the year level increases. The pattern of teaching drawn followed the formal style: I Objectives, II Subject matter, III Learning Tasks, IV Synthesis of the lesson, V Assessment and VI Enrichment. The conventional method and pattern of teaching by the pre-service teachers of PSU suggest that students in the College of Teacher Education should be trained to be more innovative and open in trying out more advanced teaching methods. Furthermore, PSU science pre-service teachers should use methods which can develop higher order thinking skills among high school students.

  9. Examining Preservice EFT Teachers' TPACK Competencies in Turkey

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    Solak Ekrem


    Full Text Available The purpose of the study was to understand the TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge competency of preservice English teachers and to determine whether there were any significant differences in terms of gender and academic achievement. This study was conducted at a state-run university and subjects were 137 preservice English teachers. The results of the research suggest that males’ technological knowledge was higher than females; however, females were better than males in pedagogical knowledge. Moreover, no significant difference was found between TPACK mean and academic achievement in terms of the correlation between TPACK scale and academic achievement of the participants.

  10. Preservice Science Teachers' Attitudes towards Chemistry and Misconceptions about Chemical Kinetics (United States)

    Çam, Aylin; Topçu, Mustafa Sami; Sülün, Yusuf


    The present study investigates preservice science teachers' attitudes towards chemistry; their misconceptions about chemical kinetics; and relationships between pre-service science teachers' attitudes toward chemistry and misconceptions about chemical kinetics were examined. The sample of this study consisted of 81 freshman pre-service science…

  11. Our Practice, Their Readiness: Teacher Educators Collaborate to Explore and Improve Preservice Teacher Readiness for Science and Math Instruction (United States)

    Steele, Astrid; Brew, Christine; Rees, Carol; Ibrahim-Khan, Sheliza


    Since many preservice teachers (PTs) display anxiety over teaching math and science, four PT educators collaborated to better understand the PTs' background experiences and attitudes toward those subjects. The research project provided two avenues for professional learning: the data collected from the PTs and the opportunity for collaborative…

  12. Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Teacher Leadership: Is It about Compliance or Understanding? (United States)

    Rogers, Carrie; Scales, Roya Q.


    Although preparing teachers to be leaders is a common goal of teacher education programs, often "teaching" and "leading" are located in separate departments" (Mangin & Stoelinga, 2009, p. 56). Recently, however, the assessment of teacher leadership has become important in preservice teacher education. This importance…

  13. Evolvement of Pre-Service Language Teachers' Beliefs through Teacher Education (United States)

    Kavanoz, Suzan; Yüksel, Hatice Gülru; Varol, Burcu


    In language teacher education, beliefs of language teachers about language learning and teaching have a powerful effect on the way they teach. Therefore, the quality of teacher education programs should be considered as an influential variable that might cause changes in pre-service language teachers' beliefs. The main purpose of this…

  14. Learning from Preservice Teachers' Thoughts about Teaching in Urban Schools: Implications for Teacher Educators (United States)

    Bauml, Michelle; Castro, Antonio J.; Field, Sherry L.; Morowski, Deborah L.


    Preparing new teachers to work in urban schools has become a priority for many teacher education programs. This study explored 20 preservice teachers' responses to a scenario about working in an urban school as a beginning teacher. Specific attention was placed on what participants believed were key challenges and concerns. Findings indicated that…

  15. Effect of Teacher Education Program on Science Process Skills of Pre-Service Science Teachers (United States)

    Yakar, Zeha


    Over the past three or more decades, many studies have been written about teacher education and the preparation of science teachers. Presented here is one which investigated the effectiveness of scientific process skills on pre-service science teachers of Pamukkale University Primary Science Teacher Education Program for four years. This study…

  16. Opinions of Teachers and Preservice Teachers of Social Studies on Geo-Literacy (United States)

    Memisoglu, Hatice


    The purpose of this study is to investigate the opinions of teachers and preservice teachers of social studies on geo-literacy. The study used the qualitative research design of phenomenology to collect data. The study consisted of 20 teachers and 30 prospective teachers of social studies. The purposive sampling method of criterion sampling was…

  17. Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions towards Multicultural Education & Teaching of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners (United States)

    Taylor, Roben; Kumi-Yeboah, Alex; Ringlaben, Ravic P.


    The issue of diversity in U.S. K-12 schools requires significant training and experiences for preservice teachers to recognize the importance of students' socio-cultural, religious values, and the influence their cultural background have in their quest to succeed in their educational endeavors. This study provides significant information to…

  18. Teaching for Success: Technology and Learning Styles in Preservice Teacher Education (United States)

    Solvie, Pamela; Sungur, Engin


    This study, using mixed methods design research, examined the achievement of third level preservice teachers when advice in the form of text and resources was provided based on students' identified learning styles. In this study, Kolb's learning style inventory was used to identify students' preferred learning style preferences, and an online…

  19. Integrative Pre-Service Elementary Teacher Training: The Role of Interdisciplinary Collaborative Mathematics (United States)

    Chiatula, Victoria Oliaku


    This primer summarizes interdisciplinary collaborative mathematics as an integrative approach to train pre-service elementary teachers to teach math utilizing Junior Achievement USA (JA) educational programs within an elementary Math Methods course. The primer provides a JA historical background/program overview, summarizes the interdisciplinary…

  20. A Multiple Case Study of Preservice Science Teachers' TPACK: Embedded in a Comprehensive Belief System (United States)

    Günes, Erhan; Bahçivan, Eralp


    Integrating technology into science education provides opportunities to foster students' meaningful learning. This study focused on technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) and its connections to belief system in a science teaching context. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of preservice science teachers' (PST)…

  1. On-line Tutoring of Middle School Students by Preservice Teachers. (United States)

    Smith, Gary R.

    This paper reports on a project started in 1993 to provide preservice teachers with opportunities to engage in an extended conversation with a middle school student using a computer and a modem. The Apple Computer Co. donated the initial equipment to the College of Education at Wayne State University and to the Detroit Open School, Detroit Public…

  2. Learning Museum: A Meeting Place for Pre-Service Teachers and Museums (United States)

    Seligmann, Tine


    Learning Museum 2011-13 is a nationwide multidisciplinary collaboration project involving 26 Danish museums (art, cultural and natural history) along with 13 colleges of education. The project has provided a large group of pre-service teachers with unique opportunities to participate in training courses, academic internships and bachelor's thesis…

  3. The Relationship between Perceived Body Size and Confidence in Ability to Teach among Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Gorrow, Teena R.; Muller, Susan M.; Schneider, Sidney R.


    This study was designed to examine the relationship between preservice teachers' perceived body sizes and confidence in their ability to teach. One hundred two participants completed a questionnaire that included 1) providing height and weight information, 2) completing The Teaching Anxiety Scale (TCHAS), 3) selecting body images best representing…

  4. The Impact of an Inquiry-Based Geoscience Field Course on Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Nugent, Gwen; Toland, Michael D.; Levy, Richard; Kunz, Gina; Harwood, David; Green, Denise; Kitts, Kathy


    The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to determine the effects of a field-based, inquiry-focused course on pre-service teachers' geoscience content knowledge, attitude toward science, confidence in teaching science, and inquiry understanding and skills. The field-based course was designed to provide students with opportunities to…

  5. Pre-Service Visual Art Teachers' Perceptions of Assessment in Online Learning (United States)

    Allen, Jeanne Maree; Wright, Suzie; Innes, Maureen


    This paper reports on a study conducted into how one cohort of Master of Teaching pre-service visual art teachers perceived their learning in a fully online learning environment. Located in an Australian urban university, this qualitative study provided insights into a number of areas associated with higher education online learning, including…

  6. Developing Communication Competence Using an Online Video Reflection System: Pre-Service Teachers' Experiences (United States)

    Bower, Matt; Cavanagh, Michael; Moloney, Robyn; Dao, MingMing


    This paper reports on how the cognitive, behavioural and affective communication competencies of undergraduate students were developed using an online Video Reflection system. Pre-service teachers were provided with communication scenarios and asked to record short videos of one another making presentations. Students then uploaded their videos to…

  7. TPACK in Special Education: Preservice Teacher Decision Making While Integrating Ipads into Instruction (United States)

    Anderson, Susan; Griffith, Robin; Crawford, Lindy


    This study provides insight into preservice teachers' experiences with integrating technology into lessons with children who had mild learning disabilities. Participants included 14 junior early childhood education majors enrolled in a special education course with a fieldwork component. The researchers collected and analyzed lesson plans, journal…

  8. Reflection on the Teaching-Learning Process in the Initial Training of Teachers. Characterization of the Issues on Which Pre-Service Mathematics Teachers Reflect (United States)

    Chamoso, J. M.; Caceres, M. J.; Azcarate, P.


    Our aim was to highlight the issues of the reflections of pre-service mathematics teachers in their learning portfolio about the teaching-learning process taking place in a university teacher-training classroom. Category systems were designed which, together with the analysis system used, could provide a method helpful to teacher educators,…

  9. The relationship between pre-service elementary teachers' scientific literacy and their self-efficacy in teaching science (United States)

    Al Sultan, Adam

    The purpose of this study is threefold. First, this study examined pre-service elementary teachers' scientific literacy levels. Second, this study examined pre-service elementary teachers' personal and subject-specific self-efficacy levels toward teaching science. Third, this study investigated the extent to which pre-service elementary teachers' scientific literacy levels and subject-specific self-efficacy levels are related. This study involved 49 pre-service elementary teachers (4 male and 45 female) registered in two science methods courses at a mid-sized university in the Midwestern United States. Data were collected using the Test of Basic Scientific Literacy (TBSL), the Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument-Preservice (STEBI-B), and Beliefs About Teaching (BAT). Results show that the pre-service elementary teachers in both groups had a satisfactory level of scientific literacy. There was a significant difference in the score for personal self-efficacy and subject-specific self-efficacy among the participants in the advanced science methods course. Participants in the advanced science methods course had an existing relationship between scientific literacy and subject-specific self-efficacy in teaching science. These results have implications on teacher preparation programs and science education research. Specifically, this study provided an indication of the level of scientific literacy and self-efficacy of pre-service elementary teachers as an attempt to inform policy makers and educational researchers about how realistic they are in their perception related to the pre-service elementary teachers' skills to achieve the goals of science curriculum.

  10. Character Strengths and Life Satisfaction of Slovenian In-service and Pre-service Teachers

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    Full Text Available Character strengths and life satisfaction of Slovenian in-service and preservice teachers were researched. The VIA-IS self-assessment questionnaire has been translated into the Slovenian language and has been used for the first time in Slovenia. A total of 173 primary school teachers and 77 student teachers from the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, completed the VIA-IS and the Satisfaction with Life Scale questionnaires. The highest reported strengths in both groups studied were fairness, kindness, integrity and love. Unexpectedly, both in-service and pre-service teachers reported low endorsements of creativity; inservice teachers also showed low endorsement of humour. Surprisingly, the lowest endorsed strength of pre-service teachers was love of learning. Correlations between strengths and life satisfaction were consistent with related research findings. Low endorsement of creativity, teachers’ humour and students’ love of learning are discussed. From the research findings, it can be concluded that professional environment should stimulate, as well as provide support and opportunities for teachers to build not only upon the strengths of humanity and justice, but also on those of wisdom and knowledge. There is a need in the undergraduate level of teacher education for systematic interventions regarding students’ intellectual strengths with a special focus on cultivating their creativity.

  11. Scientific Reasoning for Pre-service Elementary Teachers (United States)

    Sadaghiani, Homeyra R.


    The objectives of K-12 teacher education science courses often focus on conceptual learning and improving students overall attitude towards science. It is often assumed that with the use of research-based curriculum material and more hands on inquiry approaches, without any explicit instruction, student scientific and critical thinking skills would also be enhanced. In the last three years, we have been investigating student scientific and evidence-based reasoning abilities in a K-8 pre-service science course at Cal Poly Pomona. After recognizing student difficulties understanding the elements of scientific reasoning, we have provided explicit feedback using a rubric to assist students to become more rigorous and reflective thinkers; to use appropriate and accurate vocabulary; exercise evidence-base reasoning; and develop skepticism with respect to their own views. We will share the rubric and report on the preliminary results.

  12. Perceptions of Pre-service Teachers of English towards Grammar Teaching in the Turkish Context


    Işıl Günseli Kaçar; Buğra Zengin


    Problem Statement: ESL/EFL grammar teaching has been a controversial issue due to the contextual differences. Therefore, there is a growing need to explore how English teachers perceive and practise grammar teaching in a variety of contexts. Research studies into this issue can provide them with context-sensitive perspectives.Purpose of Study: This study aimed to investigate the perceptions and classroom practices of Turkish pre-service teachers of English employing a quantitative research de...

  13. Toward a Better Understanding of Mathematics Teacher Change: A Case Study of Four Preservice Secondary Mathematics Teachers. (United States)

    Pourdavood, Roland G.


    Examines reflexive relationships among a dialogic community of preservice teachers, existing classroom norms during field experience, cooperating teachers' methods of instruction, and preservice teachers' beliefs and classroom practices. Suggests that existing norms and the cooperating teachers' methods of instructions have a profound impact on…

  14. Helping Preservice Teachers (PSTs) Understand the Realities of Poverty: Innovative Curriculum Modules (United States)

    Cho, Moon-Heum; Convertino, Christina; Khourey-Bowers, Claudia


    The purpose of this study was to develop an innovative addition to the curriculum to help preservice teachers cultivate an understanding of poverty. Using technology, an interdisciplinary team created two online learning modules entitled Teacher as Learning Facilitator and Teacher as Anthropologist. Preservice teachers valued the newly developed…

  15. Pre-Service Teachers' Preferred Methods of Assessment: A Perspective from Saudi Arabia (United States)

    Alghamdi, Amani K. Hamdan


    Teacher-candidate course assessment is one topic that has not been adequately explored in teacher education literature where pre-service teachers' voices are rarely heard. This mixed-methods study explored a group of female pre-service teachers (n = 83) enrolled in a Diploma of Education program to identify their preferred method of assessment for…

  16. Anxiety of Preservice Teachers Teaching Students with Disabilities: A Preliminary Investigation (United States)

    Everhart, Brett


    Preservice teachers have indicated that they are somewhat less comfortable working with students with disabilities. Research shows that curricular modifications in teacher education programs would enable preservice teachers to be more prepared for classrooms that include students with disabilities. Much of the work in teacher education dealing…

  17. How to Share Korean Language and Culture with Pre-Service Teachers in the United States (United States)

    Park, Yong Joon; Yang, Youjin


    Many teacher educators believe that pre-service teachers should be aware of their future classroom environment including students who have linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. This paper is a description of how two teacher educators helped pre-service teachers develop their multicultural awareness in preparation for careers in Early…

  18. Cell Phones in the Classroom: Preservice Teachers' Perceptions (United States)

    Thomas, Kevin; O'Bannon, Blanche


    This study employed a survey to examine the perceptions of 92 preservice teachers enrolled at a small Midwestern liberal arts university regarding their support of the use of cell phones in the classroom, the benefits of specific cell phone features for school-related work, and the instructional benefits of and barriers to using cell phones in the…

  19. Unethical Behaviours Preservice Teachers Encounter on Social Networks (United States)

    Deveci Topal, Arzu; Kolburan Gecer, Aynur


    The development of web 2.0 technology has resulted in an increase in internet sharing. The scope of this study is social networking, which is one of the web 2.0 tools most heavily used by internet users. In this paper, the unethical behaviours that preservice teachers encounter on social networks and the ways to deal with these problems are…

  20. Justice or Care? Ethical Reasoning of Preservice Social Studies Teachers (United States)

    Kohlmeier, Jada; Saye, John W.


    The authors explored the ethical reasoning of 27 preservice teachers in the first course of a 4-course social studies education program. The students discussed 2 historically analogous cases that focused on 1 of 4 value problem areas: consent of the governed, general welfare, property, and morality. The authors were interested in exploring whether…

  1. Through the Looking-Glass: Preservice Teachers Find Their Voices. (United States)

    Peters, William H.

    Using Alice's experience in "Through the Looking Glass" as inspiration, this paper recounts how preservice teachers journey through their field-based experiences and gain increasing insights into the teaching profession. The paper illustrates their progression with notes from several reflective logs which will eventually become papers…

  2. Metaphors of Turkish Preservice Teachers about the Concept of "Literature" (United States)

    Bagci, Hasan


    This research has been done for the purpose of searching out the perceptions of the Turkish preservice teachers related to the term of "Literature" by the help of the concept of metaphors. 230 students have been participated to the study who have studied at Mehmet Akif Ersoy University(Turkey),Faculty of Education, Department of Turkish…

  3. Improving Preservice Chemistry Teachers' Content Knowledge through Intervention Activities (United States)

    Wheeldon, Ruth


    The effect of intervention activities on the chemistry content knowledge of 92 preservice chemistry teachers (PSCT) was examined via a pre and post true/false with confidence level test focusing on ionisation energy values and the use of a common alternative conception (AC). Data were collected from three cohorts of PSCT each engaged in a one year…

  4. Preservice Teacher Attitudes toward Gay and Lesbian Parents (United States)

    Herbstrith, Julie C.; Tobin, Renée M.; Hesson-McInnis, Matthew S.; Schneider, W. Joel


    Gay and lesbian parents are raising an increasing number of children, but little is known about how these parents are viewed by school personnel. In this study, preservice teacher attitudes toward gay and lesbian parents were assessed using implicit, explicit, behavioral, and behavioroid measures. Implicit measures indicate that participants rated…

  5. Motivation and Personality of Preservice Teachers in Croatia (United States)

    Jugovic, Ivana; Marusic, Iris; Ivanec, Tea Pavin; Vidovic, Vlasta Vizek


    The study presents results founded upon the Factors Influencing Teaching Choice scale validation and the relations between personality traits and motivation for teaching in Croatia. A sample of 374 first-year preservice teachers from three universities participated in the study. Confirmatory factor analysis of the items comprising the Croatian…

  6. Engaging Preservice Teachers in Disciplinary Literacy Learning through Writing (United States)

    Pytash, Kristine E.


    The field of content area literacy instruction is shifting from a general understanding of literacy towards disciplinary literacy. Much of the work in the field of disciplinary literacy has focused on reading, while writing has often been overlooked. This article summarizes the findings of a qualitative case study of two preservice teachers as…

  7. Undergraduate pre-service chemistry teachers' conceptions about ...

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    A two-tier qualitative analysis diagnostic instrument (QADI) was developed and used to diagnose and treat the participants' alternative concepts in inorganic chemistry qualitative analysis. The diagnostic instrument was administered to 78 pre-service teachers in the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. The study ...

  8. Female Preservice Teachers and Mathematics: Anxiety, Beliefs, and Stereotypes (United States)

    Lake, Vickie E.; Kelly, Loreen


    The purpose of the current study was to examine if preservice teachers' (PSTs) mathematics anxiety decreased and if their beliefs and stereotypes changed after they completed their early childhood mathematics methods course. It was hypothesized that by using and modeling concrete materials or manipulatives (Thompson, 1992; Vinson, 2001) and…

  9. Cyberbully and Victim Experiences of Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Tosun, Nilgün


    The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of different types of cyber bullying, the ways in which cyber bullying occurred, whether the identity of cyber bullies were known, and reaction to being cyber bullied among pre-service teachers. Relationships between gender and likelihood of being a cyber bully/victim were also investigated.…

  10. Predicting Preservice Teachers' Cognitive Engagement with Goals and Epistemological Beliefs. (United States)

    Ravindran, Bhuvaneswari; Greene, Barbara A.; DeBacker, Teresa K.


    The authors examined relationships among achievement goals, epistemological beliefs, cognitive engagement, and application learning of 101 preservice teachers. The authors used an 84-item survey to measure achievement goals (learning and performance), epistemological beliefs (innate ability, certain knowledge, simple knowledge, quick learning, and…

  11. Pre-service physics teachers' understanding level about electric flux (United States)

    Dinçer, Tuǧbanur; Özcan, Özgür


    In order to get some information about students' knowledge structure regarding to a particular concept, the examination of understanding level is an important issue. This qualitative study investigates the understanding level of pre-service physics teachers about the subject of electric flux. 21 pre-service physics teachers, who have already taken the electric and magnetism course I, participated in the study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the participants. The collected data were analyzed by using the content analysis method and the understanding level of the participants about the electric flux was revealed. According to the results the pre-service physics teachers' understanding levels were determined as; two participants were in "Sound Understanding", one participant was in "Partial Understanding", 10 participants were in "Partial Understanding with Specific Alternative Conception" levels. Additionally, three participants' understanding level was determined as "No Understanding" level, because of their incorrect, irrelevant or unclear responses toward the questions. On the other hand, five participants had also some alternative conceptions about the subject of electric flux. The alternative conceptions that the pre-service physics teachers had, were mostly about the relationship between the surface and electric flux.

  12. Inculcating Noble Values for Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Hasan, Anita Abu; Hamzah, Mohd Isa; Awang, Mohd Mahzan


    This study aims to identify the noble values that are being cultivated and practiced in the process of teaching and learning of Ethnic Relations Course for pre-service teachers. Element values investigated including the identity, loyalty, patriotism, tolerance, cooperation and pride as a Malaysian. This quantitative research employs a survey…

  13. Digital Natives as Preservice Teachers: What Technology Preparation Is Needed? (United States)

    Lei, Jing


    This study focused on "digital natives" as preservice teachers to examine their beliefs, attitudes, and technology experiences and expertise, identify the strengths and weaknesses in their technology knowledge and skills, and explore what technology preparation was needed to prepare them to integrate technology in their future classrooms. Results…

  14. Pre-Service Teachers' Free and Structured Mathematical Problem Posing (United States)

    Silber, Steven; Cai, Jinfa


    This exploratory study examined how pre-service teachers (PSTs) pose mathematical problems for free and structured mathematical problem-posing conditions. It was hypothesized that PSTs would pose more complex mathematical problems under structured posing conditions, with increasing levels of complexity, than PSTs would pose under free posing…

  15. Critical Thinking Dispositions of Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Bakir, Selda


    This study investigated the critical thinking dispositions of pre-service teachers in terms of various variables. The study included 1106 participants and used the survey model and the Turkish version (CCTDI-T) of the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI). The reliability of the scale for this study was found to be 0.82. The…

  16. Preservice Teachers' Objectives and Their Experience of Practical Work (United States)

    Nivalainen, V.; Asikainen, M. A.; Hirvonen, P. E.


    This study explores third-year preservice physics teachers' (n=32) views concerning the objectives of practical work at school and university. Content analysis of their essays about practical work revealed not only the objectives of the practical work undertaken but also how they had experienced teaching as school and university students. The…

  17. 22 Journeys across Difference: Pre-Service Teacher Education ...

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    social transformation. This paper reflects on a digital storytelling project at a Western Cape higher education institution which took up the challenge to introduce the concept of the „pedagogy of discomfort‟ in a final-year pre-service teacher training programme, to facilitate students‟ engagement across differences. Dealing ...

  18. Pre-Service Teachers' Mindset Beliefs about Student Ability (United States)

    Gutshall, C. Anne


    Introduction: We all have beliefs about our ability or intelligence. The extent to which we believe ability is malleable (growth) or stable (fixed) is commonly referred to as our mindset. This research is designed to explore pre-service teachers' mindset beliefs as well as their beliefs when applied to hypothetical student scenarios. Method:…

  19. The Palimpsest Layers of Pre-Service Teachers' Literacy Autobiographies (United States)

    Bokhorst-Heng, Wendy D.; Flagg-Williams, Joan B.; West, Stewart


    In this article, we examine three literacy autobiographies written by pre-service teachers. Narratives are seen as not just stories relating a set of facts, but rather a means by which individuals interpret their experience. Literacy autobiographies are a reflective and interpretive account of one's development as a literate being. Using the tools…

  20. Preservice Teachers' TPACK Beliefs and Attitudes toward Simulations (United States)

    Lehtinen, Antti; Nieminen, Pasi; Viiri, Jouni


    This study investigated the effect of an intervention regarding the use of simulations in science teaching on primary school preservice science teachers' (n = 36) self-assessed technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK). The connection of their self-assessed TPACK on their views on the usefulness of simulations in science teaching…

  1. Modeling Preservice Teachers' TPACK Competencies Based on ICT Usage (United States)

    Yurdakul, I. Kabakci; Coklar, A. N.


    The purpose of this study was to build a model that predicts the relationships between the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) competencies and information and communication technology (ICT) usages. Research data were collected from 3105 Turkish preservice teachers. The TPACK-Deep Scale, ICT usage phase survey and the ICT usage…

  2. Preservice Teachers' Beliefs, Attitudes, and Motivation about Technology Integration (United States)

    Cullen, Theresa A.; Greene, Barbara A.


    The Theory of Planned Behavior was used as a framework, along with Self-Determination Theory, to examine preservice teachers' motivation to include technology in their future teaching. We modified instruments to measure theoretical constructs to be applied to plans for the use of technology. Measured were: perceived behavioral control, attitudes…

  3. Academic Motivations of Pre-Service English Language Teachers (United States)

    Ariogul, Sibel


    This study examines the academic motivation, in a Turkish context, of Turkish pre-service English teachers to contribute field research. Students (n=287) completed the Academic Motivation Scale (AMS) and a demographic questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, a one-way ANOVA, independent sample t-test, and Pearson product…

  4. Preservice Teachers' Multicultural Teaching Concerns and Knowledge of Parent Involvement (United States)

    Trotti, Judy; Harris, Mary M.; Jacobson, Arminta; Brown, Amber


    Implementation of a parent involvement curriculum at a large university in the Southwest United States is described. Pre- and posttests confirmed that preservice teachers (n = 78) gained significant knowledge about parent engagement practices (p less than 0.001). Scores from a multicultural teaching-concerns survey were correlated with…

  5. Nature Connectedness and Landscape Preferences of Turkish Preservice Preschool Teachers (United States)

    Yilmaz, Simge; Olgan, Refika; Yilmaztekin, Elif Öztürk


    The current paper had two aims, first to investigate Turkish pre-service preschool teachers' perceptions of different kinds of landscapes that can be used to achieve their educational goals, their ideas about the characteristics of these settings, and the contribution to children's education, the resource needs, motivations, and barriers they…

  6. Changing Expectations, Same Perspective: Preservice Teachers' Judgments of Professional Efficacy (United States)

    Hardy, Graham; Spendlove, David; Shortt, Damien


    This two-part study tracks and measures the professional self-efficacy judgements of two cohorts of pre-service teachers (PST). In Part One, the GTCE's Code of Conduct and Practice (GTCE, 2009) was used to help form an instrument which tracked changes in the professional self-efficacy judgements of 211 PST through a one-year graduate program.…

  7. Inclusive Values: Exploring the Perspectives of Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Mergler, Amanda; Carrington, Suzanne; Kimber, Megan; Bland, Derek


    Since the turn of the century there has been an increasing focus on inclusive education in Australian schools, and growing interest in understanding how the values of pre-service teachers impact on their willingness to implement inclusive principles in their future classrooms. The current qualitative study explored the values and views toward…

  8. Preservice Teachers' Perspectives on Their Preparation for Social Justice Teaching (United States)

    Ajayi, Lasisi


    This study investigates preservice teachers' perspectives on their preparation to use social justice teaching in rural schools, how they implemented the concept in their classrooms, and the challenges they faced. The findings suggest that even though coursework may have prepared the participants to integrate social justice principles and practices…

  9. Pre-service secondary school science teachers science teaching ...

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    The main purpose of the study was to explore pre-service secondary science teachers' self-efficacy .... (2008) though the descriptive data revealed that the sense of efficacy-beliefs was higher in the males than in ... Biology Education: 131; Chemistry Education: 67 and Integrated Science Education: 12. Each participant in ...

  10. Preservice Teachers' Intention to Adopt Technology in Their Future Classrooms (United States)

    Li, Kun; Li, Yanju; Franklin, Teresa


    This study examined four factors that influence preservice teachers' intentions to adopt technology in classrooms based on the Theory of Planned Behavior and Technology Acceptance Model. These four factors--technology self-efficacy, attitudes toward technology, perceived ease of use of technology, and perceived barriers of technology…

  11. Preservice Teachers' Learning to Plan Intellectually Challenging Tasks (United States)

    Kang, Hosun


    This study explores how and under which conditions preservice secondary science teachers (PSTs) engage in effective planning practices that incorporate intellectually challenging tasks into lessons. Drawing upon a situative perspective on learning, eight PSTs' trajectories of participation in communities of practice are examined with a focus on…

  12. A Study of Geometry Content Knowledge of Elementary Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Aslan-Tutak, Fatma; Adams, Thomasenia Lott


    The purpose of this research is to examine preservice elementary school teachers' geometry learning as investigated by both qualitative and quantitative methods. For the qualitative investigation, narrative analysis and thematic analysis methods were used. The findings of narrative analysis indicated two main kinds of stories: as a learner and as…

  13. Enhancing Elementary Pre-Service Teachers' Plant Processes Conceptions (United States)

    Thompson, Stephen L.; Lotter, Christine; Fann, Xumei; Taylor, Laurie


    Researchers examined how an inquiry-based instructional treatment emphasizing interrelated plant processes influenced 210 elementary pre-service teachers' (PTs) conceptions of three plant processes, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and transpiration, and the interrelated nature of these processes. The instructional treatment required PTs to…

  14. Predictors of Cyberloafing among Preservice Information Technology Teachers (United States)

    Dursun, Ozcan Ozgur; Donmez, Onur; Akbulut, Yavuz


    The current mixed-method study investigated the extent of involvement in cyberloafing within classroom settings among preservice information technology teachers. Thirteen state universities were picked randomly from hierarchical clusters, which were determined according to the national university rankings. Then, a recent five-factor cyberloafing…

  15. Narrative Inquiry: Preservice Teachers' Understanding of Teaching English Learners (United States)

    Pu, Chang


    Informed by the narrative inquiry approach (Connelly & Clandinin, 1990), this qualitative study examined preservice teachers' narratives to investigate what they think, know, and believe in teaching English learners. Beyond just telling stories, narrative structures and meanings were examined with the goal of gaining insight of the preservice…

  16. Climate Change in the Preservice Teacher's Mind (United States)

    Lambert, Julie L.; Bleicher, Robert E.


    Given the recent media attention on the public's shift in opinion toward being more skeptical about climate change, 154 preservice teachers' participated in an intervention in an elementary science methods course. Findings indicated that students developed a deeper level of concern about climate change. Their perceptions on the evidence…

  17. The Use of Email to Coach Preservice Early Childhood Teachers (United States)

    Barton, Erin E.; Fuller, Elizabeth A.; Schnitz, Alana


    The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of performance feedback on preservice teachers' use of recommended practices within inclusive early childhood classrooms. A multiple baseline design across behaviors was used to examine the relation between performance feedback delivered via email and practicum students' use of target-recommended…

  18. Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Using Digital Technologies in Literacy Instruction (United States)

    Pierczynski, Melissa


    In order to best prepare our preservice teachers to incorporate digital technologies into future literacy instruction, we must first explore how they perceive implementation of digital technologies in literacy instruction. Limited research exists which examines the employment of digital technologies in literacy instruction, and even less considers…

  19. Pre-service teachers challenges while interpreting statistical graphs (United States)

    Wahid, Norabiatul Adawiah Abd; Rahim, Suzieleez Syrene Abdul; Zamri, Sharifah Norul Akmar Syed


    Nowadays statistical graphs has been widely used as a medium to communicate. Awareness of the important of statistical graphs have been realized by Ministry of Education. Therefore, Ministry of Education have included this topic into national standard curriculum as early as Standard 3. It proved that this field of study is important to our students. However pre-service teachers still faced some difficulties to comprehend various types of statistical graphs. Among the problem faced by those pre-service teachers are the difficulties to relate two statistical graphs that carrying related issues. Therefore this study will look at the types of difficulties faced by pre-service teachers when they need to interpret two statistical graphs which carried related issues. We focus on data which came from interviews which gives evidence of several problems faced by pre-service teachers when they try to comprehend those graphs that are related with each other. The discussion of results might contribute to an understanding of the complexity of the interpretation of such graphs, and to the possible solutions that can be used to cater on the problems arise.

  20. Journeys across Difference: Pre-Service Teacher Education ...

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    Journeys across Difference: Pre-Service Teacher Education Students' Perceptions of a Pedagogy of Discomfort in a Digital Storytelling Project in South Africa. ... One of the reasons that educators shy away from engaging with issues of power and privilege in the classroom is the fear of highly explosive emotions that might ...

  1. Preservice Teachers' Changing Attributions for Elementary Students Success or Failure. (United States)

    Wallace, Stephen R.; Thompson, Thomas E.

    This study examined the change in preservice teachers' causal attributions for the success or failure of elementary students engaged in a hands-on science activity investigating electrical conductors. Subjects first viewed a videodisc capturing a complete science activity in a real classroom and were asked to indicate whether the elementary…

  2. Relationship of Some Variables in Predicting Pre-Service Teachers ...

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    The study examines the extent to which the relationship between pre-service Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) teachers' academic level, college specialization and gender could predict their problem solving performance in chemistry. The sample for the study involved two hundred and four, 200 and 300 level, ...

  3. Preservice Mathematics Teachers' Knowledge of Students about the Algebraic Concepts (United States)

    Tanisli, Dilek; Kose, Nilufer Yavuzsoy


    The aim of this study was to evaluate preservice primary mathematics teachers' ability to discuss and investigate students' thinking process about the concepts of variable, equality and equation, to analyse their ability to predict student difficulties and misconceptions and, in this respect, to present their subject-matter knowledge and possible…

  4. Taiwanese Preservice Teachers' Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teaching Intention (United States)

    Lin, Kuen-Yi; Williams, P. John


    This study applies the theory of planned behavior as a basis for exploring the impact of knowledge, values, subjective norms, perceived behavioral controls, and attitudes on the behavioral intention toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education among Taiwanese preservice science teachers. Questionnaires (N = 139)…



    Tahir Gür


    Reading has an undeniable importance in human life. The reading habits of teachers who educate future generations are extremely important in their education as weel as in their professional lives. In this study, we aimed to determine preservice teachers' reading habits, leisure time activities and reading motivations. In this context, reading was taken in a broader sense that includes reading of new technological materials and environments besides traditional materials. According to the...

  6. Academic gender stereotypes of pre-service teachers

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    Ćirović Ivana


    Full Text Available This research was aimed at studying the content of academic gender stereotypes of pre-service teachers who are being prepared for working in different cycles of education. The sample included 408 students of teaching programmes of the Teacher Training College, Faculty of Mathematics and Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. It has been established that future class and subject teachers have gender stereotypes about the interests and achievements of students in different school subjects. pre-service teachers from both groups are of the opinion that girls get interested more easily than boys in the majority of school subjects, as well as that girls are more talented for the subjects in the field of humanities and languages, while boys are more talented for the subjects in the field of sciences. Pre-service teachers estimate that boys typically have a low achievement in languages, arts and music, while girls have a low achievement in physics, computer science, technical sciences and physical education. Since teachers’ gender stereotypes can affect students’ achievement, educational and career choices, it is important to raise awareness about the content and consequences of such beliefs in teachers and focus on certain actions towards their altering. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 179034: Od podsticanja inicijative, saradnje, stvaralaštva u obrazovanju do novih uloga i identiteta u društvu i br. 47008: Unapređivanje kvaliteta i dostupnosti obrazovanja u procesima modernizacije Srbije

  7. Framing Pre-Service Teachers' Professional Learning Using Web2.0 Tools: Positioning Pre-Service Teachers as Agents of Cultural and Technological Change (United States)

    Kidd, Warren


    This article addresses key issues in pre-service teachers' professional learning. The argument explores pre-service teachers' learning and practice, which is both informed by technology and which uses technologically enhanced practices in classrooms as learning and teaching strategies. The article is contextualized by current…

  8. Computer Literacy of Turkish Preservice Teachers in Different Teacher Training Programs (United States)

    Ozsevgec, Tuncay


    This paper reports on an investigation into the sophomore and senior preservice teachers' computer literacy in different teacher training programs and to determine relationship between grades and the teacher training programs in terms of their computer literacy. The study used case study research methodology, and the sample consisted of 276…

  9. Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of ICT Integration in Teacher Education in Turkey (United States)

    Aslan, Aydin; Zhu, Chang


    Information and Communication Technology (ICT) integration in teacher education and teaching practices of teachers is a complicated and challenging issue. As far as pre-service teachers are concerned, this becomes critical because they need to be equipped with the competencies for their future teaching practices. The objective of this study is to…

  10. Examining How Preservice Science Teachers Navigate Simulated Parent-Teacher Conversations on Evolution and Intelligent Design (United States)

    Dotger, Sharon; Dotger, Benjamin H.; Tillotson, John


    Discussing the teaching of evolution with concerned parents is a challenge to any science teacher. Using the medical education pedagogy of standardized individuals within the field of teacher education, this article addresses how preservice science teachers elected to verbally interact with standardized parents who questioned the teaching of…

  11. Emotional Intelligence and Teacher Efficacy: A Study of Turkish EFL Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Kocoglu, Zeynep


    This study investigated the relationship between emotional intelligence and teacher efficacy among 90 English language pre-service teachers from a university in Turkey. Data sources included Tschannen-Moran and Woolfolk-Hoy's Teachers' Sense of Efficacy Scale and Reuven Bar-On's Emotional Quotient Inventory. The findings indicated that Turkish EFL…

  12. Being a Teacher: Altruistic and Narcissistic Expectations of Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Friedman, Isaac A.


    The article focuses on investigating pre-service teachers' expectations of their future teaching career, in particular concerning teacher-student interrelations. In an attempt to comprehend why people choose teaching as a professional career, a conceptual model titled "Teachers" altruistic-narcissistic classroom expectations' was…

  13. Metaphors about violence by preservice teachers. (United States)

    Özabaci, Nilüfer; Erkan, Zülal


    Violence consists of a pattern of coercive behaviors used by a competent adult or adolescent to establish and maintain power and control over another competent adult or adolescent. These behaviors, which can occur alone or in combination, sporadically or continually, include physical violence, psychological abuse, talking, and nonconsensual sexual behavior. Research indicates that different types of violence are used as a means of enforcing discipline in the family and the school context. Children and adolescents who grow up in an environment where violence has a natural place tend to resort to violence at every stage of their lives without question. The aim of this research was therefore to preservice teachers' perception of the concept of violence through the use of metaphors. Accordingly, answers to the following questions were sought: What metaphors do the youth use to describe the concept of violence? Under which conceptual categories can these metaphors be grouped in terms of their common features? How do the conceptual categories vary in relation to the students' gender and the subjects they study at university? The study was conducted in 2009 with the help of 303 students at Mersin University and Eskişehir Osmangazi University (Faculty of Education). Incomplete statements such as "Violence is like..., because..." were used in an attempt to understand the students' perception of violence. The students were given questionnaire to complete the statements. Demographic questions were also asked on the students'age, gender and departments. The data were analyzed through qualitative analysis, and processes such as frequency distribution and quantitative correlation data were evaluated through SPSS data analysis. It emerged that the students used 74 metaphors of violence that could be divided into seven categories: (1) Violence as a way of controlling others; 2) Violence as part of social and affective life; (3) Violence as devastation; (4) Violence as learned

  14. Reaching the Future Teachers in Your Classroom: New Directions in Pre-Service Education (United States)

    Grier, Jennifer A.; Ruberg, L.


    We will present results and progress from initiatives seeking to improve the experiences of future teachers in college level science classes. A future teacher (pre-service teacher) is inspired to teach science based on personal experiences with college science classes. The most critical opportunity to make a real difference in science education in schools comes when the teachers themselves are first being educated. Given the difficulties in identifying future teachers and the wide variations in their needs, how can we best help future teachers in training? What critical thinking skills are most important for them to absorb from their exposure to science as undergraduates and graduate students? What teaching and learning experiences can we offer that will help science teachers in training confidently assess the relationship between evidence and explanations and then bring that understanding and experience effectively into their own classroom? Recent initiatives in pre-service education have identified several key strategies for improving teacher preparation at the post-secondary level: - Using a constructivist approach to teach physical science concepts and guided inquiry - Knowing common misconceptions about key scientific concepts that students bring to college-level science classrooms - Applying documented strategies for identifying and addressing student misconceptions; and - Knowing how to select and adapt curriculum materials based on common preconceptions held by students. The challenge of reaching these outcomes is complex and cannot be addressed with simple solutions. Teaching strategies that help prepare future teachers include modeling effective teaching of science, understanding the relationship between student/teacher misconceptions, designing and implementing evaluation and assessment, appropriate use of technology tools, and tapping into the existing community of learners to provide ongoing education opportunities and support as the pre-service

  15. Videoconferencing in Math and Science Preservice Elementary Teachers' Field Placements (United States)

    Plonczak, Irene


    This study was designed to examine benefits and challenges of teaching through videoconferencing in the context of students’ field placement experiences, particularly as it relates to an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning math and science. In the context of mathematics and science methods courses, preservice teachers, with the supervision of professors, field placement supervisors and cooperating teachers, taught a series of math and science lessons via video conferencing to 5th grade classes in a major urban public school. Two major results of this study indicate that: (1) teaching through videoconferencing highlights strengths and weaknesses in questioning skill techniques that are at the heart of an inquiry-based approach; (2) teaching through videoconferencing raises the intellectual challenge of teaching and allows preservice teachers to look face to face into their limited understanding of the content matter in math and science.

  16. Visual Literacy in Preservice Teachers: a Case Study in Biology (United States)

    Ruiz-Gallardo, José Reyes; García Fernández, Beatriz; Mateos Jiménez, Antonio


    In this study, we explore the competence of preservice teachers (n = 161) in labelling and creating new cross-sectional human diagrams, based on anatomy knowledge depicted in longitudinal sections. Using educational standards to assess visual literacy and ad hoc open questions, results indicate limited skills for both tasks. However, their competence is particularly poor creating diagrams, where shortcomings were observed not only in visual literacy but in content knowledge. We discuss the misconceptions detected during these assessments. Visual literacy training should be strengthened for these students, as it is a skill that is especially important for future teachers to use in learning, assessing, and reflecting on content in science education. This is particularly important in preservice teachers since they should be fluent in the use of visual teaching tools in teaching anatomy and other content in the biology curriculum.

  17. Pre-service Elementary Teachers Understanding on Force and Motion (United States)

    Anggoro, S.; Widodo, A.; Suhandi, A.


    The research is done to investigate the understanding on the subtopic of Force and Motion that exists among the pre-services elementary teachers. The participants were 71 Elementary Teachers Study Program students in 6th and 77 one in 2nd semester at private university. Research instrument consisted of background information of respondents, belief of preconception and 8 questions that relates to Force and Motion with four alternative answers and their explained. Descriptive statistics such as percentage and bar chart were used for analyzing the data collected. Research findings have shown many participants have some misunderstand or misconception conception especially in free fall object, rest object, buoyant force and gravitation. This research recommends learning progression pre-services teachers to be exposed with conflict cognitive strategy for science conceptual change.

  18. A Comparison of Preservice Teachers' Responses to Cyber versus Traditional Bullying Scenarios: Similarities and Differences and Implications for Practice (United States)

    Boulton, Michael J.; Hardcastle, Katryna; Down, James; Fowles, John; Simmonds, Jennifer A.


    Prior studies indicate that teachers differ in how they respond to different kinds of traditional bullying, and that their beliefs predict their intervention intentions. The current study provided the first extension of this work into the realm of cyber bullying. Preservice teachers in the United Kingdom ("N" = 222) were presented with…

  19. Learning Opportunities for Pre-Service Science Teachers in a Core Course on Educational Psychology: Changing Epistemological View (United States)

    Azam, Saiqa


    This paper describes an action research study aimed at challenging and changing the epistemological views of pre-service science teachers (PSTs) during a core course on educational psychology in a teacher education programme. The researcher, as an instructor, used this course to provide learning opportunities for PSTs to change their existing…

  20. Where to from Here? Career Choices of Pre-Service Teachers Undertaking a Dual Early Childhood/Primary Qualification (United States)

    Nolan, Andrea; Rouse, Elizabeth


    Recent Australian government initiatives in the early childhood education and care sector are placing demands for an increase in the number of degree qualified early childhood teachers. Many universities are now offering courses with dual qualifications as a way to provide alternate career opportunities for pre-service teachers; however it cannot…

  1. A Dialogue of Life: Integrating Service Learning in a Community-Immersion Model of Preservice Science-Teacher Preparation (United States)

    Handa, Vicente; Tippins, Deborah; Thomson, Norman; Bilbao, Purita; Morano, Lourdes; Hallar, Brittan; Miller, Kristen


    Dubbed a "dialogue of life," community immersion in preservice science-teacher education aims at providing a true-to-life and empowering opportunity for prospective science teachers (both elementary and secondary) to become active participants in community life through field and service-learning experiences. It consists of a three-unit…

  2. More than Social Media: Using Twitter with Preservice Teachers as a Means of Reflection and Engagement in Communities of Practice (United States)

    Benko, Susanna L.; Guise, Megan; Earl, Casey E.; Gill, Witny


    English teacher education programs often look for ways to help preservice teachers engage in critical reflection, participate in communities of practice, and write for authentic audiences in order to be able to teach in the 21st century. In this article, the authors describe how they used Twitter to provide opportunities for reflection and…

  3. Exploring Pre-Service Teachers' Historical Thinking through the Cooperative Biography: A Design-Based Research Study (United States)

    Fuentes, David A.


    Through Design-Based Research (Cobb, et al., 2003), this study explores the intended outcomes and processes of the Cooperative Biography project. This research provides an "iterative analysis" (Cobb, et al., 2003) of how pre-service teachers experienced history while engaged in a Cooperative Biography, in a teacher-education setting.…

  4. Emotional Intelligence and Teacher Efficacy as Predictors of Teacher Effectiveness among Pre-Service Teachers in Some Nigerian Universities (United States)

    Adeyemo, D. A.; Chukwudi, Agokei R.


    Evidence from teacher-effectiveness studies indicates that teacher effectiveness has yielded a wealth of understanding about the impact that teacher ability has on student growth. However, much is yet to be known on some psychological factors that could influence teaching effectiveness particularly among pre-service teachers. The purpose of the…

  5. Technology Integration in a Science Classroom: Preservice Teachers' Perceptions (United States)

    Rehmat, Abeera P.; Bailey, Janelle M.


    The challenge of preparing students for the information age has prompted administrators to increase technology in the public schools. Yet despite the increased availability of technology in schools, few teachers are integrating technology for instructional purposes. Preservice teachers must be equipped with adequate content knowledge of technology to create an advantageous learning experience in science classrooms. To understand preservice teachers' conceptions of technology integration, this research study explored 15 elementary science methods students' definitions of technology and their attitudes toward incorporating technology into their teaching. The phenomenological study took place in a science methods course that was based on a constructivist approach to teaching and learning science through science activities and class discussions, with an emphasis on a teacher beliefs framework. Data were collected throughout the semester, including an open-ended pre/post-technology integration survey, lesson plans, and reflections on activities conducted throughout the course. Through a qualitative analysis, we identified improvements in students' technology definitions, increased technology incorporation into science lesson plans, and favorable attitudes toward technology integration in science teaching after instruction. This research project demonstrates that positive changes in beliefs and behaviors relating to technology integration in science instruction among preservice teachers are possible through explicit instruction.

  6. Exploring the Impact of Reform Mathematics on Entry-Level Pre-Service Primary Teachers Attitudes towards Mathematics (United States)

    Leavy, Aisling; Hourigan, Mairead; Carroll, Claire


    This study reports entry-level mathematics attitudes of pre-service primary teachers entering an initial teacher education (ITE) program one decade apart. Attitudes of 360 pre-service primary teachers were compared to 419 pre-service teachers entering the same college of education almost one decade later. The latter experienced reform school…

  7. Pre-Service Physics and Chemistry Teachers' Conceptual Integration of Physics and Chemistry Concepts (United States)

    Tuysuz, Mustafa; Bektas, Oktay; Geban, Omer; Ozturk, Gokhan; Yalvac, Bugrahan


    This study examines the pre-service teachers' opinions about conceptual integration (CI) and their understanding of it. A qualitative phenomenology design was used in the study. Data was collected through in-depth semi-structured interviews comprising ten guiding questions. Three pre-service physics and three pre-service chemistry teachers…

  8. A Review of Research Literature on Obstacles that Prevent Use of ICT in Pre-Service Teachers' Educational Courses

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    Hassan Mirzajani


    Full Text Available In spite of growing amount of technologies, tools and information communication and technology (ICT by providing pre-service teacher education courses, pre-service teachers' ICT utilization is not still as predicted. Research shows many barriers influencing pre-service teachers’ utilization of ICT. Many researchers have identified a number of factors to describe why student teachers do not feel ready to use ICT in their classrooms. The purpose of this review of research literature is to discover what reasons are key obstacles that prevent utilization of ICT in pre-service teachers’ educational courses. The review results show that most of the researchers believe that lack of enough training, lack of suitable software and hardware, lack of knowledge and skills, lack of ICT leadership support, lacking time, and lack of self-efficacy are the key barriers for utilization of ICTs in pre-service teachers’ educational courses. The study also concluded that understanding the amount to which these obstacles affect ICT users and institutes can support decision-making on how to equip them. Keywords: pre-service teacher, ICT utilization, obstacles, educational courses

  9. Digital Opportunities within the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program: A Study of Preservice Teachers' Attitudes and Proficiency in Technology Integration (United States)

    Dragon, Karon; Peacock, Kim; Norton, Yvonne; Steinhauer, Evelyn; Snart, Fern; Carbonaro, Mike; Boechler, Patricia


    This article explores changes that occurred in preservice teachers' thinking about the use of educational technology in a post-secondary, Aboriginal, elementary teacher education program. The research explores relationships associated with changes in preservice teachers' attitudes and perceived proficiency with technology integration. Quantitative…

  10. Pre-Service Teachers' Views of Inquiry Teaching and Their Responses to Teacher Educators' Feedback on Teaching Practice (United States)

    Yoon, Hye-Gyoung; Kim, Mijung; Kim, Byoung Sug; Joung, Yong Jae; Park, Young-Shin


    This study attempted to explore 15 Korean elementary pre-service teachers' views of inquiry teaching. During a science teaching methods course, pre-service teachers implemented a peer teaching lesson, had a group discussion to reflect on five teacher educators' comments on their first peer teaching practice, and revised and re-taught the lesson as…

  11. Motivational Characteristics of K-12 Teachers: Determining the Values That Influence Pre-Service Teachers' Decision to Teach (United States)

    Torsney, Benjamin M.


    This study examined the motivations pre-service teachers possess as they progress though a teacher education program. Using Watt and Richardson's (2007) Factors Influencing Teaching Choice (FIT-Choice) model as the theoretical underpinnings, the following research questions set the foundation for this study: 1) Do pre-service teachers' motivation…

  12. Two Teacher Educators' Approaches to Developing Preservice Elementary Teachers' Mathematics Assessment Literacy: Intentions, Outcomes, and New Learning (United States)

    Lee, Ji-Eun; Son, Ji-Won


    The purpose of this study was to examine and reflect on two teacher educators' approaches to developing preservice elementary teachers' mathematics assessment literacy. We explored the similarities and differences in preservice teachers' conceptions of good assessment practices and their critique of assessment items. We found that we, as course…

  13. Emotional Development and Construction of Teacher Identity: Narrative Interactions about the Pre-Service Teachers' Practicum Experiences (United States)

    Teng, Mark Feng


    Pre-service teacher identity research has directed limited attention to the construction and development of professional teacher identity through narrative interaction. An analysis of narrative interactions among pre-service teachers in the present study explored the ways in which they negotiated emotional flux in the process of training to become…

  14. Cyberethics, Cybersafety, and Cybersecurity: Preservice Teacher Knowledge, Preparedness, and the Need for Teacher Education to Make a Difference (United States)

    Pusey, Portia; Sadera, William A.


    In teacher education programs, preservice teachers learn about strategies to appropriately integrate computer-related and Internet-capable technologies into instructional settings to improve student learning. Many presume that preservice teachers have the knowledge to competently model and teach issues of safety when working with these devices as…

  15. Preservice Elementary Teachers' Science Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Science Content Knowledge (United States)

    Menon, Deepika; Sadler, Troy D.


    Self-efficacy beliefs that relate to teachers' motivation and performance have been an important area of concern for preservice teacher education. Research suggests high-quality science coursework has the potential to shape preservice teachers' science self-efficacy beliefs. However, there are few studies examining the relationship between science…

  16. Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of International Faculty: A Case Study (United States)

    Choi, Sheena; Hickey, M. Gail


    Teacher education programs emphasize a need for intercultural understandings that facilitate K-12 classroom practice. This study explores pre-service teachers' attitudes and perspectives about intercultural education. Findings show pre-service teachers from Euro-American ethnic backgrounds voice support for intercultural understanding while…

  17. Delving Deeper into the Construct of Preservice Teacher Beliefs about Reading Instruction for Students with Disabilities (United States)

    Leko, Melinda M.; Kulkarni, Saili; Lin, Meng-Chuan; Smith, Shane A.


    The purpose of this study was to complete an in-depth examination of the construct of teacher beliefs by investigating preservice teachers' beliefs about reading instruction for students with disabilities. Interview and artifact data were collected for 11 preservice teachers during a 10-month period. Dimensions of beliefs investigated were…

  18. Pre-Service Teachers' Self-Efficacy Beliefs towards Educational Technologies Integration in Tanzania (United States)

    Raphael, Christina; Mtebe, Joel S.


    This study examines pre-service teachers' (N = 386) self-efficacy beliefs towards educational technologies integration in the classroom at the two colleges in Tanzania that prepare secondary education teachers. Using regression analysis, the study found out that the determinants of self-efficacy beliefs among pre-service teachers towards…

  19. Does Student Teaching Matter? Investigating Pre-Service Teachers' Sense of Efficacy and Preparedness (United States)

    Brown, Amber L.; Lee, Joohi; Collins, Denise


    The purpose of this study was to investigate how student teaching experiences impact the sense of teaching efficacy and feelings of preparedness of pre-service teachers in a nearly and elementary teacher education program (EC-6). The study used an action research, mixed-methods design. Seventy-one pre-service teachers at a large public university…

  20. Mathematics Anxiety and Mathematical Beliefs: What Is the Relationship in Elementary Pre-Service Teachers? (United States)

    Haciomeroglu, Guney


    Three hundred-one pre-service teachers enrolled in elementary teacher education program were administered two surveys to measure mathematics anxiety and mathematical beliefs. Results of the study revealed that there were significant differences between third year and fourth year pre-service teachers regarding their mathematics anxiety and…

  1. The Effect of Early Fieldwork on Mathematics Efficacy Beliefs for Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Hunt-Ruiz, Heidi; Watson, Scott B.


    The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of an early fieldwork experience on preservice teachers' mathematics efficacy beliefs. This quasi-experimental study included 127 preservice teachers from two community colleges who were enrolled in mathematics for teachers' two-course sequence. The Personal Mathematics Teaching Efficacy…

  2. Scaffolded Video Self-Analysis: Discrepancies between Preservice Teachers' Perceived and Actual Instructional Decisions (United States)

    Rich, Peter; Hannafin, Michael


    While video is commonly used to record "expert" teachers, video editing and analysis tools have made it possible for preservice teachers to systematically document, assess, analyze and adapt their own teaching practices. This case study documents the experience of three preservice teachers as they used a Web-based video analysis tool to analyze…

  3. Collaborative Inquiry: Building Pre-Service Teachers' Capacity for ICT Pedagogical Integration (United States)

    Henderson, Michael; Cerovac, Milorad; Bellis, Natalie; Lancaster, Greg


    As part of the Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF) project, Monash University initiated several strategies to assist pre-service teachers' integration of ICTs in their classroom practice. These included modelling of ICT pedagogical integration, assessment of ICT pedagogical integration, relocating pre-service teacher classes to a working…

  4. Writing Shapes Thinking: Investigative Study of Preservice Teachers Reading, Writing to Learn, and Critical Thinking (United States)

    Sanchez, Bernice; Lewis, Katie D.


    Teacher Preparation Programs must work towards not only preparing preservice teachers to have knowledge of classroom pedagogy but also must expand preservice teachers understanding of content knowledge as well as to develop higher-order thinking which includes thinking critically. This mixed methods study examined how writing shapes thinking and…

  5. Preservice Chemistry Teachers' Images about Science Teaching in Their Future Classrooms (United States)

    Elmas, Ridvan; Demirdogen, Betul; Geban, Omer


    The purpose of this study is to explore pre-service chemistry teachers' images of science teaching in their future classrooms. Also, association between instructional style, gender, and desire to be a teacher was explored. Sixty six pre-service chemistry teachers from three public universities participated in the data collection for this study. A…

  6. Investigating Pre-Service Teachers' Mathematics Anxiety Using the Revised Mathematics Anxiety Scale (RMARS) (United States)

    Wilson, Sue


    Pre-service primary (elementary) teachers' mathematics anxiety affects their engagement with and future teaching of mathematics. The study measured the range of mathematics anxiety in 219 pre-service teachers starting a teacher education course in an Australian university. They responded to the Revised Mathematics Anxiety Scale (RMARS) and a set…

  7. A Comprehensive Investigation of TPACK within Pre-Service Teachers' ICT Profiles: Mind the Gap! (United States)

    Tondeur, Jo; Scherer, Ronny; Siddiq, Fazilat; Baran, Evrim


    This study aims to identify profiles of pre-service teachers in order to explore their readiness to integrate technology in education. The assumption is that pre-service teacher characteristics such as technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK), go together with the influence of their teacher training. Specifically, this study examines…

  8. Metaphors Used by Pre-Service Teachers of Chinese as an International Language (United States)

    Ma, Xiuli; Gao, Xuesong


    This inquiry explored 68 pre-service perceptions and aspirations of Teaching Chinese as an International Language (TCIL) teachers by analysing the metaphors they used to describe themselves as teachers. The inquiry revealed that the participants used a variety of metaphors to project the images of themselves as pre-service TCIL teachers. The…

  9. Preservice Teachers' Self Efficacy and Knowledge of Emotional and Behavioural Disorders (United States)

    Shillingford, Shani; Karlin, Nancy


    This research examined preservice teachers' knowledge of emotional and behavioural disorders (EBD) and their sense of efficacy. The participants included a convenience sample of 230 undergraduate general education and special education preservice teachers enrolled in teacher education classes. The age of the participants ranged from 19 to 51 with…

  10. Thai Pre-Service Science Teachers Engaging Action Research during Their Fifth Year Internship (United States)

    Faikhamta, Chatree; Clarke, Anthony


    As a key element in teacher education programmes, action research is a learning process in which pre-service teachers inquire, reflect on and improve their teaching practices. This qualitative study sought to understand what enhanced or hindered Thai pre-service teachers' action research projects during their student teaching. This study drew upon…

  11. Assessing Pre-Service Science Teachers' Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) through Observations and Lesson Plans (United States)

    Canbazoglu Bilici, Sedef; Guzey, S. Selcen; Yamak, Havva


    Background: Technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) is critical for effective teaching with technology. However, generally science teacher education programs do not help pre-service teachers develop TPACK. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess pre-service science teachers' TPACK over a semester-long Science Methods. Sample:…

  12. Predicting Pre-Service Teachers' Intention of Implementing Peer Assessment for Low-Achieving Students (United States)

    Yim, Su Yon; Cho, Young Hoan


    Despite the benefits of peer assessment, many teachers are not willing to implement it, particularly for low-achieving students. This study used the theory of planned behaviour to predict pre-service teachers' intention to use peer assessment for low-achieving students. A total of 229 pre-service teachers in Singapore participated in the survey…

  13. Teaching How to Write Instructional Objectives to Pre-Service Language Teachers through the ABCD Model (United States)

    Kiliçkaya, Ferit


    This paper presents the use of the ABCD model as a way to train teachers of English to write clear and specific objectives. It is stated here that most of the instructional objectives written by pre-service teachers are inadequately formulated. With this in mind, pre-service teachers (n = 46) were trained in writing instructional objectives…

  14. Primarily Statistics: Developing an Introductory Statistics Course for Pre-Service Elementary Teachers (United States)

    Green, Jennifer L.; Blankenship, Erin E.


    We developed an introductory statistics course for pre-service elementary teachers. In this paper, we describe the goals and structure of the course, as well as the assessments we implemented. Additionally, we use example course work to demonstrate pre-service teachers' progress both in learning statistics and as novice teachers. Overall, the…

  15. Perceptions of Preservice Teachers Communicating with Visual Imagery in E-Portfolios (United States)

    Lyles-Folkman, Kimberley


    The problem addressed in this study was to understand how preservice teachers documented and communicated learning via working eportfolios to demonstrate reflective practice in a teacher education class. The purpose of the study was to use mixed methods to understand how preservice teachers document and communicate their learning in working…

  16. Preservice Teachers' Knowledge of Information Literacy and Their Perceptions of the School Library Program (United States)

    Lee, Elizabeth A.; Reed, Brenda; Laverty, Corinne


    Graduating preservice teachers were surveyed regarding their knowledge of information literacy concepts, the pedagogy of information literacy, and the role of the teacher librarian and school library programs. The preservice teachers felt poorly prepared to teach information literacy to pupils, had a limited array of information skills, and held a…

  17. Analysing the Socio-Psychological Construction of Identity among Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Sanya Pelini, Eunice


    A teacher's representation of self is crucial in how they construct their identity. In this article, it is argued that pre-service teachers' identities are intricately linked to their perceptions of the teaching profession. This paper explores the social construction of identity among pre-service teachers and the implications for professional…

  18. Examining the Use of Video to Support Preservice Elementary Teachers' Noticing of Children's Thinking (United States)

    Castro Superfine, Alison; Li, Wenjuan; Bragelman, John; Fisher, Amanda


    Noticing children's mathematical thinking is an important aspect of what teachers need to know. This study explores the role of videocases in supporting preservice elementary teachers' noticing of children's mathematical thinking. Findings from a quasi-experimental study of preservice teachers' engagement with videocases indicate no significant…

  19. Preserving Social Justice Identities: Learning from One Pre-Service Literacy Teacher (United States)

    Ticknor, Anne Swenson


    Identities that include social justice stances are important for pre-service teachers to adopt in teacher education so they may meet the needs of "all" future students. However, maintaining a social justice identity can be difficult when pre-service teachers are confronted with an evaluator without a social justice stance. This article…

  20. Developing Pre-Service Teachers' Noticing of Students' Understanding of the Derivative Concept (United States)

    Sánchez-Matamoros, Gloria; Fernández, Ceneida; Llinares, Salvador


    This research study examines the development of the ability of pre-service teachers to notice signs of students' understanding of the derivative concept. It analyses preservice teachers' interpretations of written solutions to problems involving the derivative concept before and after participating in a teacher training module. The results…

  1. Using Role-Play and Case Studies to Improve Preservice Teacher Attitudes toward Classroom Management (United States)

    Rudolph, Amanda


    Classroom management is a concern for preservice teachers (Charles, 2008). Teacher educators struggle to find the most effective ways to teach preservice teachers classroom management. Role-playing, combined with classroom management content, may offer a productive approach. As such, this study focused on the use of role-play with case studies to…

  2. Facilitating Preservice Teachers' Development of Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge (TPACK) (United States)

    Chai, Ching Sing; Koh, Joyce Hwee Ling; Tsai, Chin-Chung


    Preparing preservice teachers for ICT integration in the classrooms is a key focus for many teacher education institutes. This paper examines the perceived development of preservice teachers in terms of their technological knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, content knowledge and the synthesis of such knowledge, i.e., the technological, pedagogical,…

  3. Concerns Expressed by Agricultural Education Preservice Teachers in a Twitter-Based Electronic Community of Practice (United States)

    Paulsen, Thomas H.; Anderson, Ryan G.; Tweeten, Jaclyn F.


    Student teaching is an important capstone experience in which preservice teacher candidates begin to learn the skills they need to become effective teachers. During this experience, candidates develop concerns for themselves as well as for their students. As preservice teachers encounter challenges and obstacles, it is important for them to…

  4. Riding the Wave of Social Networking in the Context of Preservice Teacher Education (United States)

    Highfield, Kate; Papic, Marina


    This study examined the use of one online social networking tool, NING™, in teacher education, highlighting preservice teachers' engagement and perceptions of the tool. Data obtained from 91 preservice teachers suggest that they found the multimodal platform useful as a tool to build pedagogic and content knowledge. Responses to surveys and online…

  5. Communication, Community, and Disconnection: Pre-Service Teachers in Virtual School Field Experiences (United States)

    Wilkens, Christian; Eckdahl, Kelli; Morone, Mike; Cook, Vicki; Giblin, Thomas; Coon, Joshua


    This study examined the experiences of 11 graduate-level pre-service teachers completing Virtual School Field Experiences (VSFEs) with cooperating teachers in fully online, asynchronous high school courses in New York State. The VSFEs included a 7-week online teacher training course, and a 7-week online field experience. Pre-service teachers…

  6. Digital Technology and Teacher Preparation: The Instructional Role of Social Media Among Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Trytten, Bria Klotz

    As social media use becomes more prevalent among teachers, it becomes vital to understand how teachers are using social media and what effects it has, if any, on teaching practices in the classroom. This study sought to explore the relationship between pre-service teachers' use of social media and their perceptions of inquiry-based science education, an important teaching best practice. This study is unique in that it explores pre-service teachers' use of three social media platforms--Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest--and how pre-service teachers plan to apply them to classroom education. Previous studies focused on only one social media platform, usually Twitter or Facebook. This study surveyed 113 pre-service teachers in their 3rd or 4th year of school at one of two teacher colleges. The survey employed multiple choice, open-ended, and Likert-type questions to assess pre-service teachers' use of social media as well as their attitudes surrounding inquiry-based instruction. In order to better explain and analyze survey results, fourteen survey participants were interviewed with follow-up questions to elaborate on both social media use and inquiry attitudes. Findings indicated that the pre-service teachers used social media, and overwhelmingly Pinterest, to find lesson plans and classroom organizational ideas. Cited reasons for this practice included convenience, variety of lesson planning, and easily searchable databases. The study found statistical significance in that teachers who aspire to teach lower grade levels will turn to social media to find lesson plans more frequently than those who aspire to teach higher grade levels. The study found social media use had no statistically significant effect on the level of inquiry-based teaching that the participants aimed to achieve in their future classrooms.

  7. Description of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and content knowledge on Muhammadiyah Semarang University's preservice teacher (United States)

    Astuti, Andari Puji; Wijayatiningsih, Testiana Deni; Azis, Abdul; Sumarti, Sri Susilogati; Barati, Dwi Anggani Linggar


    One of the competencies of teachers to be mastered under the constitution is pedagogic competence. This study aims to provide an overview of the pedagogic competence of Preservice teachers through the mastery of Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) and Content knowledge (CK). The research method used is descriptive qualitative, with data retrieval technique through essay tests, questionnaire and interview. The results showed that of the five PCK indicators, only knowledge of learning strategies to teach chemistry already in high category. For Content Knowledge of preservice teachers are in the middle category for indicators of knowledge of disciplinary content, whereas knowledge that alternative frameworks for thinking about the content exist and the knowledge of the relationship between big ideas and the supporting ideas in a content area is in the fair category.

  8. Just Add Hours? An Assessment of Pre-Service Teachers' Perception of the Value of Professional Experience in Attaining Teacher Competencies (United States)

    Reynolds, Ruth; Howley, Peter; Southgate, Erica; Brown, Joanna


    This study compared pre-service teachers' perceptions of their professional competencies at two campuses of a large regional teacher education university, where one campus provided students 22% more hours of professional placement in schools and related educational settings. Students who had experienced more hours in schools and such settings were…

  9. "It's Just Really Not Me": How Pre-Service English Teachers from a Traditional Teacher Education Program Experience Student-Teaching in Charter-School Networks (United States)

    Salerno, April S.; Heny, Natasha A.


    Though teacher educators nationwide are considering ways to provide urban placements for pre-service teachers (PSTs), little research has examined how PSTs experience placements in schools operated by charter management organizations (CMOs). This study considers CMOs--which often hold particular instructional and classroom management…

  10. The Pain and Ecstasy: Pre-service Teacher Perceptions On Changing Teacher Roles and Technology

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    Dean Dyer


    Full Text Available Are pre-service teachers really open to change? Are they prepared for the shifts in their roles that are likely to occur over the next few decades? Are they developing a critical consciousness, to better assume leadership roles in educational change? These questions framed this exploration which qualitatively investigated pre-service teachers' perceptions of their role as educators in relation to advanced technologies. Pre-service teachers were asked to respond to a reading identifying (via an open ended think paper assignment what they liked and did not like about the future vision of education offered in the reading. Their responses indicate a strong conflict between the desire to work with motivated, responsible students who are actively engaged in their own learning and their notion of what a teacher should be, based on their own experiences in schools.

  11. An Examination of Mathematics Teacher Efficacy and Mathematics Anxiety in Elementary Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Gresham, Gina


    One hundred fifty six participants enrolled in a mathematics methods course were involved in the study which specifically examined Mathematics Teacher Efficacy and Mathematics Anxiety in Elementary Pre-service Teachers. Data collection involved findings from the Mathematics Teaching Efficacy Beliefs Instruments (MTEBI), Mathematics Anxiety Rating…

  12. Balancing Teacher and Student Roles in Elementary Classrooms: Preservice elementary teachers' learning about the inquiry continuum (United States)

    Biggers, Mandy; Forbes, Cory T.


    Using the National Research Council's inquiry continuum framework, we use a multiple-case study research design to investigate the teacher- and student-directedness of elementary preservice teachers' planned and enacted science lessons and their pedagogical reasoning about science instruction during a semester-long science methods course. Our specific research questions were (1) What ideas do elementary preservice teachers bring to a science teaching methods course about the inquiry continuum? and (2) How do their ideas about the inquiry continuum change over the course of the semester through engaging in planning, enactment, and reflection upon science instruction? Participants' course artifacts (journals, reflective teaching assignments, and lesson plan rationales), interviews, and field observations of their enacted science lessons served as data for this study. Findings show that although the preservice teachers began the semester defining inquiry as highly student-directed, their ideas and definitions broadened over the course of the semester to include and embrace more teacher-directed forms of inquiry. Their early science lessons were more student-directed but, as they encountered challenges engaging in inquiry-based instruction and increasingly emphasized students' learning needs, they began to plan and enact lessons that were more teacher-directed. Teacher education programs need to explicitly emphasize these variations of inquiry as a core component of supporting preservice teachers' learning to teach science as inquiry.

  13. Clarifying preservice teacher perceptions of mentor teachers' developing use of mentoring skills

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    Hennissen, P.; Crasborn, F.; Brouwer, N.; Korthagen, F.A.J.; Bergen, T.


    The aim of this study is to clarify how pre-service teachers perceive mentor teachers' use of mentoring skills. Sixty stimulated-recall interviews were conducted, each in connection with a previously recorded mentoring dialogue. A quantitative analysis showed that six types of mentoring skills

  14. Clarifying pre-service teacher perceptions of mentor teachers' developing use of mentoring skills

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    Dr. Paul Hennissen; Prof. Dr. Fred Korthagen; Prof. Dr. Theo Bergen; Dr. Niels Brouwer; Dr. F.J.A.J. Crasborn


    The aim of this study is to clarify how pre-service teachers perceive mentor teachers' use of mentoring skills. Sixty stimulated-recall interviews were conducted, each in connection with a previously recorded mentoring dialogue. A quantitative analysis showed that six types of mentoring skills

  15. Teacher Education: The Application of Fisher's LSD Matrix in the Evaluation of Preservice Teachers. (United States)

    Stolworthy, Reed L.

    The degrees of variance among three groups of evaluators relative to their assessments of the teaching competencies of preservice teacher education students were studied. Subjects included groups of 23 and 32 undergraduates who were certified to teach by the teacher preparation program at Washburn University in Topeka (Kansas) in 1987 and in 1988,…

  16. Elementary Preservice Teacher Field Supervision: A Survey of Teacher Education Programs (United States)

    Jacobs, Jennifer; Hogarty, Kristine; Burns, Rebecca West


    There is a heightened focus within teacher education to centralize clinical experiences and develop strong partnerships between schools and universities. University field supervisors fulfill a critical role within clinical experiences because they are uniquely situated in spaces where they can help preservice teachers and school-based partners…

  17. Greek Pre-Service Teachers' Intentions to Use Computers as In-Service Teachers (United States)

    Fokides, Emmanuel


    The study examines the factors affecting Greek pre-service teachers' intention to use computers when they become practicing teachers. Four variables (perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, self-efficacy, and attitude toward use) as well as behavioral intention to use computers were used so as to build a research model that extended the…

  18. Elementary Preservice Teachers' and Elementary Inservice Teachers' Knowledge of Mathematical Modeling (United States)

    Schwerdtfeger, Sara


    This study examined the differences in knowledge of mathematical modeling between a group of elementary preservice teachers and a group of elementary inservice teachers. Mathematical modeling has recently come to the forefront of elementary mathematics classrooms because of the call to add mathematical modeling tasks in mathematics classes through…

  19. Cyberbully and Victim Experiences of Pre-service Teachers


    Nilgün Tosun


    The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of different types of cyber bullying, the ways in which cyber bullying occurred, whether the identity of cyber bullies were known, and reaction to being cyber bullied among pre-service teachers. Relationships between gender and likelihood of being a cyber bully/victim were also investigated. Using a questionnaire based on the Cyber Bully and Victim Scale developed by [1], males were found to engage in cyber bullying more than females. Cybe...

  20. Boundary Crossing during Pre-service Teacher Training: empowering or hampering professional growth? (United States)

    Harrison, Christine


    Yuli Rahmawati's paper presents an auto-ethnographic inquiry into her lived experiences as a science teacher in different countries. Through her reflections and analysis of events, Yuli captures and builds a model of her identity and explores the influence of inter- and intra-cultural perspectives in shaping how she recognizes herself and brings meaning to her professional life. Yuli's insights and explanations of teaching within different cultural contexts highlight the importance of personally relevant and meaningful knowledge, where expectations and accepted norms, that might fit well within one community, may be seen quite differently in another. While for Yuli, this led to professional growth as she inquired and made sense of her new context, my concern is that the social and cultural change could, in some instances, lead to disengagement rather than professional growth. My concern is that the conflict that arises from boundary crossing may be experienced even stronger by inexperienced professionals, such as pre-service teachers. The learning trajectory of pre-service teachers is steep; they need to gain stronger knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy and an awareness of how their students learn. They also need to build confidence in their professional self and what they can do to support and trigger student learning. For this to happen, in the tight time frames available on teacher education courses, pre-service teachers need to understand and engage with the new community that they are placed in very quickly, to make sense of both their role and that of others within the community. This paper suggests that pre-service providers should carefully consider the learning opportunities offered by school contexts, that may vary dramatically from the social and cultural contexts experienced by their teachers as part of their own education, to prevent disengagement or misunderstanding hampering professional growth.

  1. Exploring emotional climate in preservice science teacher education (United States)

    Bellocchi, Alberto; Ritchie, Stephen M.; Tobin, Kenneth; Sandhu, Maryam; Sandhu, Satwant


    Classroom emotional climates (ECs) are interrelated with students' engagement with university courses. Despite growing interest in emotions and EC research, little is known about the ways in which social interactions and different subject matter mediate ECs in preservice science teacher education classes. In this study we investigated the EC and associated classroom interactions in a preservice science teacher education class. We were interested in the ways in which salient classroom interactions were related to the EC during lessons centered on debates about science-based issues (e.g., nuclear energy alternatives). Participants used audience response technology to indicate their perceptions of the EC. Analysis of conversation for salient video clips and analysis of non-verbal conduct (acoustic parameters, body movements, and facial expressions) supplemented EC data. One key contribution that this study makes to preservice science teacher education is to identify the micro-processes of successful and unsuccessful class interactions that were associated with positive and neutral EC. The structure of these interactions can inform the practice of other science educators who wish to produce positive ECs in their classes. The study also extends and explicates the construct of intensity of EC.

  2. The pre-service teachers understanding about moon phase (United States)

    Saenpuk, N.; Ruangsuwan, C.


    Interactions in the Sun-Earth-Moon System are common misconception for students. Pre-service teacher should develop the lesson plans about the Sun-Earth-Moon system for their professional experience in school. In this work, we investigated understanding of 26 pre-service teachers in the topic of Sun-Earth-Moon system, emphasize on moon phase concept. They studied the earth science, astronomy and space concept learning management course in the first semester of academic year 2016 (August to December 2016). An open-ended question about cause of moon phase is mainly used as research tool. Their responses had been interpreted and categorized into level of understanding by considering key-words, such as, the earth, the moon and the sun. The result revealed that most pre-service teachers have suitable concepts but not all of the components and some of them contain misconception. The founding would be brought into the course for designing lesson plan and tools for improve concept about the moon phase.

  3. Pre-Service Teachers' Conceptions of Effective Teacher Talk: Their Critical Reflections on a Sample Teacher-Student Dialogue (United States)

    Lee, Ji-Eun; Kim, Kyoung-Tae


    This study aimed to explore pre-service elementary teachers' (PSTs') conceptions of effective teacher talk in mathematics instruction, which were interpreted primarily based on the concept of communicative approach. This was accomplished through a task that involves analyzing and evaluating a sample teacher-student dialogue. This study…

  4. The Impact of an Inquiry-Based Geoscience Field Course on Pre-service Teachers (United States)

    Nugent, Gwen; Toland, Michael D.; Levy, Richard; Kunz, Gina; Harwood, David; Green, Denise; Kitts, Kathy


    The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to determine the effects of a field-based, inquiry-focused course on pre-service teachers' geoscience content knowledge, attitude toward science, confidence in teaching science, and inquiry understanding and skills. The field-based course was designed to provide students with opportunities to observe, compare, and investigate geological structures in their natural environment and to gain an understanding of inquiry via hands-on learning activities designed to immerse students in authentic scientific investigation. ANCOVA and MANCOVA analyses examining differences in outcome measures between students in the field experience ( n = 25) and education students enrolled in the traditional, classroom-based course ( n = 37) showed that students in the field course generally had significantly higher scores. Results provide evidence of the value of the field and inquiry-based approach in helping pre-service teachers develop the needed skills and knowledge to create effective inquiry-based science lessons.

  5. Active learning in pre-service science teacher education

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    Montalbano, Vera


    We report a course on teaching in physics lab for teachers enrolled in Formative Active Training, which actually allows to obtain the teacher qualification in Italy. The course was designed with the purpose of showing in practice what means active learning in physics and how effective activities can be realized in practice. Two different type of teachers attended to the course, a small group, with physics or mathematics degree, for teacher qualification in secondary school of second grade (age 14-19) and a more numerous group for qualification in secondary school of first grade (age 11-14), usually with a different science degree such as biology, environmental sciences and so on. We compare this training in physics lab between the two groups and with other experiences we performed in previous years in pre-service education and updating courses for teachers in-service.

  6. Social Interactions and Familial Relationships Preservice Science Teachers Describe during Interviews about Their Drawings of the Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Systems (United States)

    Patrick, Patricia


    This study examined preservice science teachers' understandings of the structure and function of the human gastrointestinal and endocrine systems through drawings and interviews. Moreover, the preservice science teachers described where they thought they learned about the systems. The 142 preservice teachers were asked to draw the human…

  7. A Comprehensive Analysis on Technopedagogical Education Competency and Technology Perception of Pre-Service Teachers: Relation, Levels and Views (United States)

    Incik, Eylem Yalcin; Akay, Cenk


    The main purpose of this research is to identify the competency and the perceptions of pre-service teachers on technopedagogical education. While study group of quantitative dimension is composed of 626 pre-service teachers; study group of qualitative extent is composed of 67 pre-service teachers. The sample represents 35% of the population of…

  8. "The Strawberry Generation… They Are Too Pampered": Pre-Service Physical Education Teachers' Perspectives on Outdoor Education in Singapore (United States)

    Atencio, Matthew; Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle; Ho, Susanna; Ching, Chew Ting


    This paper explores pre-service PE teachers' conceptions of outdoor education (OE) in Singapore. Survey questionnaires were administered to 120 pre-service teachers; 14 teachers participated in follow-up semi-structured interviews. The findings indicate that OE is predominantly situated within the outdoor camp environment. Pre-service teachers…

  9. The Effect of Creative Drama Method on Pre-Service Classroom Teachers' Writing Skills and Attitudes towards Writing (United States)

    Erdogan, Tolga


    The aim of the study is to explore the effect of the creative drama method on pre-service classroom teachers' writing skills and attitudes towards writing. Additionally, the views of the pre-service teachers concerning the creative drama method were also investigated in the study. The participants of the study were 24 pre-service teachers studying…

  10. Collaboration between the University Pre-Service Teacher Education Program and the Local Elementary School on English Remedial Education (United States)

    Chien, Chin-Wen


    This study analyzed 24 pre-service elementary school English teachers' design and delivery of remedial education to the fifth and sixth graders in the collaboration between the university pre-service teacher education program and the local elementary school in a city in northwest Taiwan. The pre-service teachers were encouraged by the elementary…

  11. Preservice Teachers' Perceptions about Using Mobile Phones and Laptops in Education as Mobile Learning Tools (United States)

    Sad, Süleyman Nihat; Göktas, Özlem


    The purpose of this research was to investigate preservice teachers' perceptions about using m-phones and laptops in education as mobile learning tools. A total of 1087 preservice teachers participated in the study. The results indicated that preservice teachers perceived laptops potentially stronger than m-phones as m-learning tools. In…

  12. Becoming a teacher: tracing changes in pre-service English as a foreign language teachers' sense of efficacy

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    H Gülru Yüksel


    Full Text Available This longitudinal study aimed to trace changes in Turkish pre-service English as a foreign language teachers' self-efficacy over a year, and to detect possible sources of information influencing their efficacy. Utilizing concurrent mixed model design of Creswell (2003 both qualitative and quantitative data was collected. A total of 40 pre-service teachers participated in the study. Findings indicated that pre-service English language teachers' efficacy changed significantly over time. We also found that pre-service teachers seem to depend more on enactive mastery experience and social persuasion than on vicarious experience and affective state as sources of information. Based on our findings, measures are suggested on how to support pre-service teachers to improve their sense of efficacy. Implications for research on teaching and teacher education are discussed.

  13. Examining EFL Pre-service Teachers' TPACK Trough Self-report, Lesson Plans and Actual Practice


    Thooptong Kwangsawad


    Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) has been proposed as a conceptual framework to describe the knowledge base teachers need for effective technology integration. The present study aimed to determine EFL pre-service teachers’ TPACK trough self-report, lesson plans and actual practice. This study used a wide range of approaches (self-report, lesson plan assessment and classroom observations) to measure TPACK of EFL pre-service teachers in order to examine EFL pre-service teache...

  14. Knowledge convergence among pre-service mathematics teachers through online reciprocal peer feedback


    Weichao Chen


    This research focused on pre-service mathematics teachers’ sharing of knowledge through reciprocal peer feedback. In this study, pre-service teachers were divided into groups of five and engaged in an online reciprocal peer feedback activity. Specifically, after creating an individual concept map indicating high school students’ possible solutions to an algebra problem, pre-service teachers shared their individual maps with team members and engaged in online discussion, commenting on the conc...

  15. Supervising Pre-service CFL teachers: A case study

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    Zhang, Chun


    academic year. The study data is collected by using in-depth interview. Based on the data, the discussions of the data are devoted to three thematic headings: ‘Chinese’ teaching methods, ‘Danish’ learning style, and CFL teacher’s role. The researcher concludes that there is a gap between what...... and tertiary education in China. Prior to being recruited by the Danish university, they had obtained a Master degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign/Second Language (TCFL/TESL) from Chinese universities. Upon being recruited, each teacher worked as a pre-service teacher teaching Chinese as a subject for one...

  16. In-service teachers' perspectives of pre-service teachers' knowledge domains in science

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    Full Text Available The concept of pedagogical content knowledge is integral to teaching as a profession and is often considered to be an important aspect of a teacher's lived experience. Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK is described as a transformation of teacher knowledge from a variety of domains of knowledge, which includes subject matter knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and knowledge about content. This exploratory study reports on in-service natural science teachers' inferences regarding pre-service teachers' performance in natural science teaching, as observed during a practice teaching period. Perspectives of in-service teachers of the different knowledge domains of pre-service teachers during their final year were investigated. Semi-structured interviews, incorporating a specific set of open-ended questions, were conducted with in-service teachers following a practice teaching period of four weeks. The findings indicate that the in-service teachers rated the pre-service teachers positively in some knowledge domains but less positively in other knowledge domains. This has prompted some rethinking on the structure and presentation of the curriculum, in our undergraduate teacher education programme, to include and accommodate approaches that would enable better uptake of various knowledge domains and improve PCK development.

  17. The Cognitive, Social and Emotional Processes of Teacher Identity Construction in a Pre-Service Teacher Education Programme (United States)

    Yuan, Rui; Lee, Icy


    This research investigates how three Government-funded Normal Students constructed and reconstructed their identities in a pre-service teacher education programme in China. Drawing upon data from interviews, field observation and the pre-service teachers' written reflections, the study explores the cognitive, social and emotional processes of…

  18. Malaysian Primary Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of Students' Disruptive Behaviour (United States)

    Zakaria, Norzila; Reupert, Andrea; Sharma, Umesh


    The purpose of this paper was to investigate Malaysian primary pre-service teachers' perceptions of students' disruptive behaviour and their self-reported strategies to prevent and to manage such behaviours. Results indicate that Malaysian pre-service teachers understand disruptive behaviours to be those that disrupt the learning and teaching…

  19. Teacher Training and Pre-service Primary Teachers’ Self-Efficacy for Science Teaching

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    Velthuis, C.H.; Fisser, Petra; Pieters, Julius Marie


    This study focuses on the improvement of pre-service teachers’ self-efficacy for teaching science by including science courses within the teacher training program. Knowing how efficacy beliefs change over time and what factors influence the development by pre-service primary teachers of positive

  20. A Comparison of Preservice Teachers' Beliefs on Education and Classroom Management (United States)

    Tertemiz, Nese; Okut, Levent


    The beliefs held by preservice teachers will affect their classroom perceptions and behaviors. Therefore, understanding these beliefs is necessary to better understand preservice teachers, manage educational reforms successfully, and improving their teaching practice. From another perspective, understanding the belief structures of preservice…

  1. Pre-Service and In-Service Preschool Teachers' Views Regarding Creativity in Early Childhood Education (United States)

    Alkus, Simge; Olgan, Refika


    This research investigated the views of pre-service and in-service preschool teachers concerning the developing of children's creativity in early childhood education by determining the similarities and/or differences among their views. The data were gathered from 10 pre-service and 11 in-service teachers through focus group meetings, and then from…

  2. Developing Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge in pre-service science teachers: Support from blended learning

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    Alayyar, G.; Fisser, Petra; Voogt, Joke


    The Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework has been used to prepare pre-service science teachers at the Public Authority of Applied Education and Training in Kuwait for ICT integration in education. Pre-service teachers worked in teams to design an ICT solution for an

  3. Against the Unchallenged Discourse of Homelessness: Examining the Views of Early Childhood Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Kim, Jinhee


    This study investigated views about children experiencing homelessness held by preservice teachers in an early childhood education program. Thirteen early childhood preservice teachers were actively involved in class discussion, reading, doing class assignments, and visiting homeless shelters as community-based field experience. They were asked to…

  4. Pre-Service Physics Teachers' Opinions about the Difficulties in Understanding Introductory Quantum Physics Topics (United States)

    Kizilcik, Hasan Sahin; Yavas, Pervin Ünlü


    The aim of this study is to identify the opinions of pre-service physics teachers about the difficulties in introductory quantum physics topics. In this study conducted with twenty-five pre-service physics teachers, the case study method was used. The participants were interviewed about introductory quantum physics topics. The interviews were…

  5. An Error Analysis in Division Problems in Fractions Posed by Pre-Service Elementary Mathematics Teachers (United States)

    Isik, Cemalettin; Kar, Tugrul


    The present study aimed to make an error analysis in the problems posed by pre-service elementary mathematics teachers about fractional division operation. It was carried out with 64 pre-service teachers studying in their final year in the Department of Mathematics Teaching in an eastern university during the spring semester of academic year…

  6. Modelling the Influences of Beliefs on Pre-Service Teachers' Attitudes towards Computer Use (United States)

    Teo, Timothy


    The purpose of this study is to examine the pre-service teachers' attitudes toward computers use. The impact of five variables (perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, subjective norm, facilitating conditions, and technological complexity) on attitude towards computer was assessed. Data were collected from 230 preservice teachers through…

  7. Using Writing and Culture to Teach Science Content to Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Saint-Hilaire, Line Augustin


    This article describes how the incorporation of a writing assignment, creating a book about culture and science, into the syllabus of methods science course for preservice teachers, was used to foster science content learning. Preservice teachers were actively and purposely engaged in science learning through the generation of a book about a…

  8. Differences in Learning Geometry among High and Low Spatial Ability Pre-Service Mathematics Teachers (United States)

    Unal, Hasan; Jakubowski, Elizabeth; Corey, Darryl


    The objective of this study was to investigate and characterize the geometric thinking and understanding of four pre-service middle and secondary mathematics teachers while considering their spatial ability levels. To investigate the differences, if any, that existed among these pre-service middle and secondary teachers with different spatial…

  9. Relationships among Preservice Primary Mathematics Teachers' Gender, Academic Success and Spatial Ability (United States)

    Turgut, Melih; Yilmaz, Suha


    The aim of this work is to investigate relationships among pre-service primary mathematics teachers' gender, academic success and spatial ability. The study was conducted in Izmir with 193 pre-service primary mathematics teachers of Dokuz Eylul University. In the work, spatial ability test, which consists of two main sub-tests measuring spatial…

  10. Developing Preservice Science Teachers' Self-Determined Motivation toward Environment through Environmental Activities (United States)

    Karaarslan, Guliz; Sungur, Semra; Ertepinar, Hamide


    The aim of this study was to develop pre-service science teachers' self-determined motivation toward environment before, after and five months following the environmental course activities guided by self-determination theory. The sample of the study was 33 pre-service science teachers who participated in an environmental science course. This…

  11. Initial Motivations for Teaching: Comparison between Preservice Teachers in the United States and China (United States)

    Lin, Emily; Shi, Qingmin; Wang, Jian; Zhang, Shaoan; Hui, Liu


    This study examined similar and differing initial motivations to teach between 257 US and 542 Chinese preservice teachers using the recently validated FIT-Choice scale. In both countries, participants were motivated to enter teaching because of their social utility values. US preservice teachers reported significantly higher motivations from…

  12. The Evaluation of Multicultural Teaching Concerns among Pre-Service Teachers in the South (United States)

    Vincent, Stacy K.; Kirby, Andrea T.; Deeds, Jacque P.; Faulkner, Paula E.


    This descriptive, causal-comparative study of pre-service agriculture education teachers (N = 438) enrolled in universities (n = 31) throughout the south sought to determine a difference in multicultural teaching concern. Variables in the study consisted of pre-service teachers with/without a multicultural education requirement, and pre-service…

  13. Evaluating the Evidence Base of Performance Feedback in Preservice Special Education Teacher Training (United States)

    Cornelius, Kyena E.; Nagro, Sarah A.


    Performance feedback is commonly used during field experiences to improve desired teaching behaviors in preservice teachers. The authors identify eight single-subject studies examining the effects of performance feedback in preservice teachers to determine the evidence base for this practice. These eight studies are reviewed using quality…

  14. Delivering Technological Literacy to a Class for Elementary School Pre-Service Teachers in South Korea (United States)

    Kwon, Hyuksoo


    This study was conducted with the aim of creating a new introductory course emphasizing the development of technological literacy for elementary school pre-service teachers. This study also aimed to investigate elementary school pre-service teachers' attitudinal transition toward elementary school technology education (ESTE) and its…

  15. Motivation and Strategies to Learn English: The Case of Pre-Service Teachers of Chinese (United States)

    Wong, R.


    This paper reports a study of motivation and strategies toward learning English used by pre-service teachers of Chinese. The aims of the study were to investigate whether pre-service teachers of Chinese are unmotivated to learn English if they are not going to use English substantially in the future and to examine the learning strategies the…

  16. An Evaluation of the Empathy Levels of Pre-Service Social Studies Teachers (United States)

    Kaya, Baris


    This study was conducted to determine the factors that affect the empathy levels of pre-service teachers studying in the Department of Social Studies Teaching. The research questions developed in this context aimed to determine the roles of gender, age and being a member of a school club in the empathy levels of pre-service teachers. The study…

  17. The Correlates of Turkish Preschool Preservice Teachers' Social Competence, Empathy and Communication Skills (United States)

    Ahmetoglu, Emine; Acar, Ibrahim H.


    The purpose of the current study was to examine the associations between Turkish preschool pre-service teacher's personal and educational characteristics, and their social competence, empathy, and communication skills. A total of 385 state university Turkish pre-service teachers (age range 18 to 32 years) from the early childhood education field…

  18. The Effect of Media on Preservice Science Teachers' Attitudes toward Astronomy and Achievement in Astronomy Class (United States)

    Bektasli, Behzat


    Studies show that it is hard to change students' attitudes toward science. This study specifically explored if media affect preservice science teachers' attitudes toward astronomy and their astronomy achievement. The sample for the pilot study consisted of 196 preservice science and mathematics teachers for attitude assessment and 230 preservice…

  19. Emotional Intelligence, Cognitive Flexibility and Psychological Symptoms in Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Gunduz, Bulent


    The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between emotional intelligence, cognitive flexibility and psychological symptoms in pre-service teachers. The study included 414 pre-service teachers at the Faculty of Education, Mersin University, Turkey. Pearson product-moment correlation and multiple regression analyses were used to…

  20. Effect of Robotics on Elementary Preservice Teachers' Self-Efficacy, Science Learning, and Computational Thinking (United States)

    Jaipal-Jamani, Kamini; Angeli, Charoula


    The current impetus for increasing STEM in K-12 education calls for an examination of how preservice teachers are being prepared to teach STEM. This paper reports on a study that examined elementary preservice teachers' (n = 21) self-efficacy, understanding of science concepts, and computational thinking as they engaged with robotics in a science…

  1. Elementary Pre-Service Teachers: Can They Experience Mathematics Teaching Anxiety without Having Mathematics Anxiety? (United States)

    Brown, Amy Bingham; Westenskow, Arla; Moyer-Packenham, Patricia S.


    Elementary pre-service teachers report high levels of mathematics anxiety (MA), but the construct less widely addressed is their mathematics teaching anxiety (MTA). This study investigated the frequency with which MA stemming from prior experiences leads to MTA. Fifty-three elementary pre-service teachers' written reflections were analyzed, using…

  2. Mature Age Pre-Service Teachers' Mathematics Anxiety and Factors Impacting on University Retention (United States)

    Wilson, Sue


    The ability of primary (elementary) pre-service teachers to engage effectively in mathematics units in a rigorous program is vital to producing citizens who are able to use mathematics effectively in their lives. Mathematics anxiety affects pre-service primary teachers' engagement with and future teaching of mathematics. The study measured the…

  3. Mathematics Anxiety and Beliefs of Turkish Pre-Service Elementary Teachers (United States)

    Uysal, Figen; Dede, Yüksel


    The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between pre-service elementary teachers' mathematics teaching beliefs and mathematics anxiety. The participants of the study consist of 96 pre-service elementary teachers from a department of primary education in a state university in Turkey during the 2010-2011 spring term. Mathematics…

  4. Examining Preservice Science Teachers' Skills of Formulating Hypotheses and Identifying Variables (United States)

    Aydogdu, Bülent


    The aim of this study is to examine preservice science teachers' skills of formulating hypotheses and identifying variables. The research has a phenomenological research design. The data was gathered qualitatively. In this study, preservice science teachers were first given two scenarios (Scenario-1 & Scenario-2) containing two different…

  5. Secondary Preservice Teachers Share Their Writing with Individual Students in School: A Survey of Their Experiences (United States)

    Daisey, Peggy


    (Purpose) The purpose of this study was to describe the method, barriers, and positive effects when secondary preservice teachers of diverse subject areas shared their writing with individual middle and high school students in school. (Methodology) secondary preservice teachers (N = 77) shared their writing for two minutes before class each time…

  6. Preservice Teachers' Understanding of the Language Arts: Using a Lens of Critical Literacy (United States)

    Bender-Slack, Delane; Young, Teresa


    Preservice teachers are placed in educational environments to learn about teaching literacy and about literacy's role in the English Language Arts (ELA) classroom. Of particular significance is how preservice teachers perceive and understand the varied components of language arts (i.e., reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and visually…

  7. How Pre-Service Teachers Internalize the Link between Research Literacy and Pedagogy (United States)

    Gutman, Mary; Genser, Lynne


    Enabling pre-service teachers to develop a critical view of their practice and to acquire the higher order inquiry skills necessary for pedagogic research has been and continues to be a challenge. The present study presents a unique intervention in the training of pre-service teachers in research literacy (RL) skills using a Problem Based Learning…

  8. Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of Teaching after Concurrent Service-Learning Training and Engagement (United States)

    Stewart, Trae


    This article presents the findings from a study on the impact of concurrent service-learning pedagogical training and service-learning engagement on pre-service teachers' perceptions of teaching and inclination toward using service-learning. Findings reveal that experiential activities in which pre-service teachers can engage in real classrooms in…

  9. The Relationship between Critical Thinking Disposition and Locus of Control in Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Oguz, Aytunga; Sariçam, Hakan


    The aim of the current research study was to examine the link between critical thinking dispositions and locus of control in pre-service teachers. The participants of this study were selected via easily accessible sampling technique. The participants consist of 347 pre-service teachers (203 female, 144 male) in Kütahya, Turkey. The Rotter…

  10. Histlexia Observed in Training Pre-Service Social Studies Teachers to Teach World Religions (United States)

    Walker, Juan; Langan, Elise


    The process of teaching world religions is fraught with dispositional and pedagogical concerns for pre-service teachers. To address these issues, middle grades pre-service teachers were asked to integrate an inquiry-based approach while considering their own histlexia, which we define as an inability to articulate positions. The findings of this…

  11. Emotional Climate of a Pre-Service Science Teacher Education Class in Bhutan (United States)

    Rinchen, Sonam; Ritchie, Stephen M.; Bellocchi, Alberto


    This study explored pre-service secondary science teachers' perceptions of classroom emotional climate in the context of the Bhutanese macro-social policy of Gross National Happiness. Drawing upon sociological perspectives of human emotions and using Interaction Ritual Theory this study investigated how pre-service science teachers may be…

  12. Moral Literacy through Two Lenses: Pre-Service Teachers' Preparation for Character Education (United States)

    Rizzo, Kelly; Bajovic, Mira


    In this paper, we explored how well prepared pre-service teacher candidates are to develop moral literacy. With the mandate in Ontario schools to deliver character education, we were intrigued by the question: How well prepared are teacher candidates to deliver on this requirement based on preservice preparation and the realities of classroom…

  13. Preservice Teachers' Professional Knowledge and Its Relation to Academic Self-Concept (United States)

    Paulick, Isabell; Großschedl, Jörg; Harms, Ute; Möller, Jens


    We investigated the factorial structure of preservice teachers' academic self-concept with regard to three domains of professional knowledge (content knowledge [CK], pedagogical content knowledge [PCK], and pedagogical/psychological knowledge [PPK]). We also analyzed the relation between preservice teachers' academic self-concept and their…

  14. Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK): The Development and Validation of an Assessment Instrument for Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Schmidt, Denise A.; Baran, Evrim; Thompson, Ann D.; Mishra, Punya; Koehler, Matthew J.; Shin, Tae S.


    Based in Shulman's idea of Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) has emerged as a useful frame for describing and understanding the goals for technology use in preservice teacher education. This paper addresses the need for a survey instrument designed to assess TPACK for preservice teachers. The paper…

  15. Using Video Games to Support Pre-Service Elementary Teachers Learning of Basic Physics Principles (United States)

    Anderson, Janice; Barnett, Michael


    The purpose of this work is to share our findings in using video gaming technology to facilitate the understanding of basic electromagnetism with pre-service elementary teachers. To this end we explored the impact of using a game called "Supercharged!" on pre-service teachers' understanding of electromagnetic concepts compared to students who…

  16. Metaphor Perceptions of Pre-Service Teachers towards Mathematics and Mathematics Education in Preschool Education (United States)

    Keles, Oguz; Tas, Isil; Aslan, Durmus


    The aim of this study was to identify the thoughts of pre-service teachers, who play an important role in the early preschool experience of children in mathematics, towards the concepts of mathematics and education of mathematics with the help of metaphors. The study group of the research consists of a total of 227 pre-service teachers at the…

  17. Identifying Ghanaian Pre-Service Teachers' Readiness for Computer Use: A Technology Acceptance Model Approach (United States)

    Gyamfi, Stephen Adu


    This study extends the technology acceptance model to identify factors that influence technology acceptance among pre-service teachers in Ghana. Data from 380 usable questionnaires were tested against the research model. Utilising the extended technology acceptance model (TAM) as a research framework, the study found that: pre-service teachers'…

  18. Pre-Service Geography Teachers' Confidence in Geographical Subject Matter Knowledge and Teaching Geographical Skills (United States)

    Harte, Wendy; Reitano, Paul


    This research tracked the confidence of 16 undergraduate and postgraduate pre-service geography teachers as they completed a single semester, senior phase geography curriculum course. The study focused specifically on the pre-service teachers' confidence in geographical subject matter knowledge and their confidence in teaching geographical skills.…

  19. Investigation of Reflective Teaching Practice Effect on Training Development Skills of the Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Töman, Ufuk


    This study aims to investigate the effect of the reflective teaching practice on the development of teaching skills of the pre-service teachers. This study is designed in the form of action research due to the nature of the case examined. The participants were 32 pre-service teachers at Bayburt University Faculty of Education Department of…

  20. Wikis: Developing Pre-Service Teachers' Leadership Skills and Knowledge of Content Standards (United States)

    Reid-Griffin, Angelia; Slaten, Kelli M.


    In this initial phase of our multi-year research study we set out to explore the development of leadership skills in our pre-service secondary teachers after using an online wiki, Wikispaces. This paper presents our methods for preparing a group of 13 mathematics and 3 science secondary pre-service teachers to demonstrate the essential knowledge,…

  1. Identifying Pre-Service Teachers' Beliefs about Teaching EFL and Their Potential Changes (United States)

    Suárez Flórez, Sergio Andrés; Basto Basto, Edwin Arley


    This study aims at identifying pre-service teachers' beliefs about teaching English as a foreign language and tracking their potential changes throughout the teaching practicum. Participants were two pre-service teachers in their fifth year of their Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages program in a public university in Colombia. Data were…

  2. Influence of Particle Theory Conceptions on Pre-Service Science Teachers' Understanding of Osmosis and Diffusion (United States)

    AlHarbi, Nawaf N. S.; Treagust, David F.; Chandrasegaran, A. L.; Won, Mihye


    This study investigated the understanding of diffusion, osmosis and particle theory of matter concepts among 192 pre-service science teachers in Saudi Arabia using a 17-item two-tier multiple-choice diagnostic test. The data analysis showed that the pre-service teachers' understanding of osmosis and diffusion concepts was mildly correlated with…

  3. WebQuest experience: Pre-Service secondary maths and chemistry teachers

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    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to examine the impact of developing WebQuests on the attention, confidence, relevance and satisfaction, or motivation, of pre-service secondary mathematics and chemistry teachers in the instructional technologies and material design course. There were a total of 67 pre-service teachers, 32 pre-service secondary mathematics teachers and 35 pre-service secondary chemistry teachers involved in this study, which took place over seven weeks. The pre-service teachers in both groups designed their WebQuests suitable for the level of high-school students. The researcher used a questionnaire in the collection of the data to find the motivational level of the participants. It was given to the participants by the researcher before and after the instruction during a single class period. The paired-samples t-test, independent samples t-test and ANCOVA were used in the analysis of the quantitative data. The study showed that designing WebQuests had more effect on the attention, confidence and relevance of the pre-service chemistry teachers than of the pre-service mathematics teachers. However, in general, although developing WebQuests had positive effects on the motivational levels of both pre-service secondary maths and chemistry teachers, there were no statistically significant differences found in relation to the motivational levels of both groups.

  4. Investigation of Pre-Service Teachers' Levels of Readiness to Technology Integration in Education (United States)

    Cuhadar, Cem


    This study aims to expose the training and experience that pre-service teachers acquire in the course of their study at schools of education in regard to the use of information and communication technology (ICT). The study adopts the survey model and its sampling is comprised of 832 pre-service teachers who attend four different faculty of…

  5. Pre-Service Teacher Use of Communication Strategies upon Receiving Immediate Feedback (United States)

    Coogle, Christan Grygas; Rahn, Naomi L.; Ottley, Jennifer Riggie


    The purpose of this research was to investigate the impact of immediate feedback through bug-in-ear eCoaching on early childhood special education pre-service teachers' use of communication strategies using an activity-based intervention approach. Three early childhood special education pre-service teachers participated in this study. A…

  6. Microteaching Writing on YouTube for Pre-Service Teacher Training: Lessons Learned (United States)

    Sun, Yu-Chih


    The purpose of the study is to investigate how pre-service teachers adopt YouTube technology into their microteaching as part of their assignments. The participants were twelve Taiwanese pre-service teachers in a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages graduate program. They enrolled in a Second Language Writing course and worked in groups…

  7. Examining Primary Pre-Service Teachers' Difficulties of Mathematics Teaching with the Micro-Teaching Method (United States)

    Savas Basturk; Tastepe, Mehtap


    The purpose of the study was to examine primary pre-service teachers' difficulties of the teaching of mathematics with micro-teaching method. The participants of the study were 15 third grade pre-service teachers from the department of primary education in the faculty of education. In this grade which includes four sections, there were…

  8. Physical Sciences Preservice Teachers' Religious and Scientific Views Regarding the Origin of the Universe and Life (United States)

    Govender, Nadaraj


    This paper explores final-year physical sciences preservice teachers' religious and scientific views regarding the origin of the universe and life. Data was obtained from 10 preservice teachers from individual in-depth interviews conducted at the end of the Science Method module. Their viewpoints were analyzed using coding, sorting, and…

  9. Pre-Service Music Teachers' Metaphorical Perceptions of the Concept of a Music Teaching Program (United States)

    Kiliç, Deniz Beste Çevik


    This study was intended to reveal pre-service music teachers' perceptions of the concept of a "music teaching program" with the use of metaphors. Its sample included 130 pre-service music teachers in the Music Teaching Program of Fine Arts Teaching Department in Balikesir University's Education Faculty. The study data were collected by…

  10. Pre-Service Teachers' Motivation, Sense of Teaching Efficacy, and Expectation of Reality Shock (United States)

    Kim, Hyunjin; Cho, YoonJung


    The present study investigated how pre-service teachers' motivation and their sense of teaching efficacy influence their expectation about reality shock during the first year of professional teaching. A total of 533 pre-service teachers at a state university in the US Midwest participated in this study. The results showed that the pre-service…

  11. Design and Implementation of a Multimedia CD-ROM-Based Directed Study Preservice Teacher Education Course. (United States)

    Morse, Timothy

    This paper discusses the development and implementation of a computer-based directed study preservice teacher education course. Specifically, it explains the procedures followed to create the ten multimedia CD-ROMs that comprise the course, and how preservice teachers use the CD-ROMs. Topics to be covered include (1) rationale for course creation;…

  12. Quantitative Analysis of Pre-Service Elementary Mathematics Teachers' Opinions about Doing Mathematical Proof (United States)

    Aydogdu Iskenderoglu, Tuba; Baki, Adnan


    Meaning and importance of proof in mathematics and education increases gradually. Therefore levels of doing proof, proof-related opinions and perceptions of the teachers and pre-service teachers who will train the students in future are of importance. Accordingly, this study aims to determine the proof-related opinions of pre-service elementary…

  13. Pre-Service Teacher Beliefs on the Antecedents to Bullying: A Concept Mapping Study (United States)

    Lopata, Joel A.; Nowicki, Elizabeth A.


    In this study, researchers gathered Canadian pre-service teachers' beliefs on the antecedents to bullying. Concept mapping (Kane & Trochim, 2007) was used to analyze the data. This study's findings identified pre-service teachers to have accurate beliefs, inaccurate beliefs, and a lack of knowledge about the antecedents to bullying. Concept…

  14. Pre-Service Secondary Science and Mathematics Teachers' Classroom Management Styles in Turkey (United States)

    Yilmaz, Kursad


    The aim of this study is to determine Pre-service secondary science and mathematics teachers' classroom management styles in Turkey. In addition, differences in pre-service secondary science and mathematics teachers' classroom management styles by gender, and field of study were examined. In the study, the survey model was employed. The research…

  15. Preservice Teachers' Content Knowledge and Self-Efficacy for Teaching Reading (United States)

    Leader-Janssen, Elizabeth M.; Rankin-Erickson, Joan L.


    This mixed methods study examined preservice teachers' growth in content knowledge and self-efficacy for teaching reading as they participated in a literacy course/reading clinic practicum with those not enrolled in the experience. Groups were compared on three measures using a pretest-posttest design. Additionally, five preservice teachers from…

  16. Learning Science through Creating a "Slowmation": A Case Study of Preservice Primary Teachers (United States)

    Hoban, Garry; Nielsen, Wendy


    Many preservice primary teachers have inadequate science knowledge, which often limits their confidence in implementing the subject. This paper proposes a new way for preservice teachers to learn science by designing and making a narrated stop-motion animation as an instructional resource to explain a science concept. In this paper, a simplified…

  17. Learning Science through Creating a `Slowmation': A case study of preservice primary teachers (United States)

    Hoban, Garry; Nielsen, Wendy


    Many preservice primary teachers have inadequate science knowledge, which often limits their confidence in implementing the subject. This paper proposes a new way for preservice teachers to learn science by designing and making a narrated stop-motion animation as an instructional resource to explain a science concept. In this paper, a simplified way for preservice teachers to design and make an animation called 'slowmation' (abbreviated from 'slow animation') is exemplified. A case study of three preservice primary teachers creating one from start to finish over 2 h was conducted to address the following research question: How do the preservice primary teachers create a slowmation and how does this process influence their science learning? The method of inquiry used a case study design involving pre- and post-individual interviews in conjunction with a discourse analysis of video and audio data recorded as they created a slowmation. The data illustrate how the preservice teachers' science learning was related to their prior knowledge and how they iteratively revisited the content through the construction of five representations as a cumulative semiotic progression: (i) research notes; (ii) storyboard; (iii) models; (iv) digital photographs; culminating in (v) the narrated animation. This progression enabled the preservice teachers to revisit the content in each representation and make decisions about which modes to use and promoted social interaction. Creating a slowmation facilitated the preservice teachers' learning about the life cycle of a ladybird beetle and revised their alternative conceptions.

  18. "There's No Big Book on How to Care": Primary Pre-Service Teachers' Experiences of Caring (United States)

    Kemp, Hellen R.; Reupert, Andrea


    This study investigated primary, pre-service teachers' experiences regarding their caring role, and the barriers they face when caring for students. Thirteen Australian primary pre-service teachers were individually interviewed. Within a qualitative framework, transcripts were thematically analysed, alongside member checks. While results indicated…

  19. The effect of Ghanaian pre-service teachers' content knowledge on ...

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    This study measured pre-service teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT) basic school mathematics and found the relationship between the content knowledge and their Mathematical knowledge for teaching. MKT multiple-choice test was administered to 100 pre-service teachers from two colleges to assess ...

  20. Perceptions of Pre-Service Teachers on Student Burnout, Occupational Anxiety and Faculty Life Quality (United States)

    Türkoglu, Muhammet Emin; Cansoy, Ramazan


    Perceptions of pre-service teachers on burnout, occupational anxiety and faculty life quality were investigated in this research. The research group consisted of 461 pre-service teachers in total studying at Afyon Kocatepe University faculty of education. "Maslach Burnout Inventory-Student Form," "Faculty Life Quality Scale"…

  1. Personality Self-Perceptions of Turkish Music Pre-Service Teachers in Relation to Departmental Satisfaction (United States)

    Cevik, Beste


    The purpose of this study was to examine individual differences in the field of music education. The "Big Five" model of personality served as the framework to help meet the purpose. Using a sample of 83 music pre-service teachers enrolled in a department of music education, we found that music pre-service teachers scored high in the Openness,…

  2. Measuring and Supporting Pre-Service Teachers' Self-Efficacy towards Computers, Teaching, and Technology Integration (United States)

    Killi, Carita; Kauppinen, Merja; Coiro, Julie; Utriainen, Jukka


    This paper reports on two studies designed to examine pre-service teachers' self-efficacy beliefs. Study I investigated the measurement properties of a self-efficacy beliefs questionnaire comprising scales for computer self-efficacy, teacher self-efficacy, and self-efficacy towards technology integration. In Study I, 200 pre-service teachers…

  3. Using Visual Literacy to Teach Science Academic Language: Experiences from Three Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Kelly-Jackson, Charlease; Delacruz, Stacy


    This original pedagogical study captured three preservice teachers' experiences using visual literacy strategies as an approach to teaching English language learners (ELLs) science academic language. The following research questions guided this study: (1) What are the experiences of preservice teachers' use of visual literacy to teach science…

  4. Nationalism Perceptions of Pre-Service Social Studies Teachers in Turkey (United States)

    Altikulaç, Ali; Sabanci, Osman


    The purpose of this paper is to reveal the perception of nationalism of pre-service teachers who will teach Social Studies course in a multidimensional manner. In the study, a total of 381 pre-service teachers who study in department of Social Studies from different universities located in different regions of Turkey was defined as the study group…

  5. Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions on Tpack Development after Designing Educational Games (United States)

    Sancar Tokmak, Hatice


    This qualitative case study aimed to investigate Early Childhood Education (ECE) pre-service teachers' perception of development in their technological, pedagogical, content knowledge (TPACK) after designing educational computer games for young children. Participants included 21 ECE pre-service teachers enrolled in the course Instructional…

  6. Pre-Service Special Education Teachers' Professionalism and Preparation in Terms of Child Sexual Abuse (United States)

    Al-Zboon, Eman; Ahmad, Jamal


    This study aimed at examining Jordanian pre-service special education teachers' professionalism and preparation on the topic of child sexual abuse (CSA). Qualitative research data from interviews with 20 pre-service special education teachers were analysed using thematic analysis. The results showed that these participants generally hold avoiding…

  7. Working against "Pedagogic Work": Challenges to Engaging Pre-Service Teachers in Critical Health Education (United States)

    Fane, Jennifer; Schulz, Samantha


    Purpose: Equipping pre-service teachers with the skills and knowledge needed to teach health in socially critical ways requires pre-service teachers to examine and critique individualistic understandings of health. The purpose of this paper is to use Bourdieu's concepts of the bodily hexis (the body as both separate from society (autonomous…

  8. Curriculum Orientations of Pre-Service Teachers in Jordan: A Required Reform Initiative for Professional Development (United States)

    Ashour, Rateb; Khasawneh, Samer; Abu-Alruz, Jamal; Alsharqawi, Subhi


    The primary purpose of this study was to determine the curriculum orientations of pre-service teachers at a university in Jordan. Rigorous translation procedures were utilized to validate an Arabic version of the Curriculum Orientation Inventory (COI) for use in Jordan. The validated COI was administered to a sample of 259 pre-service teachers who…

  9. Assessing Pre-Service Teachers' Computer Phobia Levels in Terms of Gender and Experience, Turkish Sample (United States)

    Ursavas, Omer Faruk; Karal, Hasan


    In this study it is aimed to determine the level of pre-service teachers' computer phobia. Whether or not computer phobia meaningfully varies statistically according to gender and computer experience has been tested in the study. The study was performed on 430 pre-service teachers at the Education Faculty in Rize/Turkey. Data in the study were…

  10. Pre-Service Home Economics Teachers' Attitudes on Selected Aspects of Practical Teaching (United States)

    Kozina, Francka Lovšin


    This paper presents the results of a study conducted among pre-service home economics teachers from the Faculty of Education of the University of Ljubljana with different levels of practical experience in teaching. The pre-service Home Economics teachers in the 3rd year of their studies had just completed their first class of teaching experience…

  11. When Outbound Mobility Programs and Service Learning Align in Pre-Service Teacher Education (United States)

    Power, Anne; Truong, Son; Gray, Tonia; Downey, Greg; Hall, Tim; Jones, Benjamin


    This project sought to investigate the learning that comes about from the intersection of outbound mobility experience programs (OMEs) with service learning in pre-service teacher education settings. The aim of the program of international service learning in the case study was to encourage pre-service teachers to rethink potentially ethnocentric…

  12. The Analysis of the Problems the Pre-Service Teachers Experience in Posing Problems about Equations (United States)

    Isik, Cemalettin; Kar, Tugrul


    The present study aimed to analyse the potential difficulties in the problems posed by pre-service teachers about first degree equations with one unknown and equation pairs with two unknowns. It was carried out with 20 pre-service teachers studying in the Department of Elementary Mathematics Educations at a university in Eastern Turkey. The…

  13. Exploring Pre-Service Elementary Teachers' Mental Models of the Environment (United States)

    Taskin-Ekici, Fatma; Ekici, Erhan; Cokadar, Hulusi


    This study aims to explore pre-service elementary teachers' understandings of the environment. A survey method was carried out in this study. A close-ended questionnaire and Draw-An-Environment Test (DAET) are administered to pre-service teachers (N = 255) after instruction of an Environmental Education course. A rubric (DAET-R) is used for…

  14. Secondary Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of an Ideal Classroom Environment (United States)

    Bartelheim, Frederick J.; Conn, Daniel R.


    The classroom environment can impact students' motivation and engagement, and can influence students' academic learning. In some cases, pre-service teachers' influence on the classroom environment may not always be conducive for student learning. This exploratory study investigated pre-service teachers' perceptions of an ideal classroom…

  15. Analyzing the Learning Styles of Pre-Service Primary School Teachers (United States)

    Özdemir, Muhammet; Kaptan, Fitnat


    The purpose of this research is to analyze the learning styles of pre-service primary school teachers by various variables. The universe of the research is composed of 2136 pre-service primary school teachers study in freshman (first year) and senior (fourth year) classes of Faculty of Education School Teaching department in Gazi University,…

  16. Narratives, Virtual Environments and Identity Semiotics: An Exploration of Pre-Service Teachers' Cognitions (United States)

    Tettegah, Sharon Y.; Whang, Eun Won; Taylor, Kona Renee; Cash, Timothy J.


    The current study explored text-based and animated narrative vignette (ANV) social simulations to specifically examine pre-service teachers' social cognitions and personal identities. The personal and social identity and narratives of a sample of eight randomly selected elementary pre-service teachers were examined in depth out of 44 pre-service…

  17. Incorporating a Video-Editing Activity in a Reflective Teaching Course for Preservice Teachers (United States)

    Fadde, Peter J.; Aud, Susan; Gilbert, Sharon


    Research and practice going back to the 1960s support the use of videotaping to facilitate preservice teachers' development of reflective teaching skills. Emerging research suggests that additional video-based activities, including editing video vignettes of teaching, can deepen preservice teachers' reflection. This action research study describes…

  18. Preservice Preschool Teachers' Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Attitudes toward Teaching Profession (United States)

    Elaldi, Senel; Yerliyurt, Nazli Sila


    The purpose of this study is to investigate preservice preschool teachers' self-efficacy beliefs and attitudes toward the teaching profession. The population of the present study consisted of 855 (Female = 729) preservice preschool teachers studying at the Faculty of Education, Cumhuriyet University, in the fall semester of the 2015-2016 academic…

  19. Investigation of Pre-Service Science Teachers' Academic Self-Efficacy and Academic Motivation toward Biology (United States)

    Ates, Hüseyin; Saylan, Asli


    The purpose of this research was to examine pre-service science teachers' academic motivation and academic self-efficacy toward biology. The sample consisted of 369 pre-service science teachers who enrolled in the faculty of education of two universities in Turkey. Data were collected through Academic Motivation Scale (AMS) (Glynn & Koballa,…

  20. Preservice Teachers' Algebraic Reasoning and Symbol Use on a Multistep Fraction Word Problem (United States)

    Cullen, Amanda L.; Tobias, Jennifer M.; Safak, Elif; Kirwan, J. Vince; Wessman-Enzinger, Nicole M.; Wickstrom, Megan H.; Baek, Jae M.


    Previous research on preservice teachers' understanding of fractions and algebra has focused on one or the other. To extend this research, we examined 85 undergraduate elementary education majors and middle school mathematics education majors' solutions and solution paths (i.e., the ways or methods in which preservice teachers solve word problems)…

  1. An Examination of Pre-Service Mathematics Teachers' Approaches to Construct and Solve Mathematical Modelling Problems (United States)

    Bukova-Guzel, Esra


    This study examines the approaches displayed by pre-service mathematics teachers in their experiences of constructing mathematical modelling problems and the extent to which they perform the modelling process when solving the problems they construct. This case study was carried out with 35 pre-service teachers taking the Mathematical Modelling…

  2. Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions and Beliefs of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge on Algebra (United States)

    Lin, Cheng-Yao; Kuo, Yu-Chun; Ko, Yi-Yin


    The purpose of this study was to investigate elementary pre-service teachers' content knowledge in algebra (Linear Equation, Quadratic Equation, Functions, System Equations and Polynomials) as well as their technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) in teaching algebra. Participants were 79 undergraduate pre-service teachers who were…

  3. The Development of an Instrument to Assess Preservice Teacher's Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (United States)

    Lux, Nicholas J.; Bangert, Arthur W.; Whittier, David B.


    The purpose of this study was to develop and validate the Pre-service Teacher-Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Survey (PT-TPACK) instrument. The PT-TPACK survey items were written to assess preservice teachers' perceptions and understanding of the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge construct originally proposed by Mishra and…

  4. An Investigation of the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Pre-Service Teachers (United States)

    Horzum, Mehmet Baris


    This study investigates whether pre-service teachers' learning approach and gender are related to their technological knowledge, their technological content knowledge, their technological pedagogical knowledge and their technological pedagogical content knowledge. The sample of the study consisted of 239 pre-service teachers. It was found that an…

  5. Barriers and Challenges Facing Pre-Service Teachers Use of Mobile Technologies for Teaching and Learning (United States)

    Burden, Kevin; Hopkins, Paul


    This study examined the perceptions, attitudes and beliefs of pre-service teachers using the iPad for their professional learning purposes and for teaching during their school placements. The sample consisted of 117 pre-service teachers undertaking a one-year postgraduate qualification in England to gain qualified teaching status (QTS). A mixed…

  6. Pre-Service Teachers' Blog Reflections: Illuminating Their Growth and Development (United States)

    Garza, Rubén; Smith, Shaunna F.


    Blogging, a mode of electronic journaling, has been identified as an effective means to help pre-service teachers to construct meaning about their experiences. The purpose of this study was to examine pre-service teachers' reflections about their praxis through blogging and to describe the nature of their growth and development. The use of…

  7. Elementary Education Preservice Teachers' Understanding of Biotechnology and Its Related Processes (United States)

    Chabalengula, Vivien Mweene; Mumba, Frackson; Chitiyo, Jonathan


    This study examined preservice teachers' understanding of biotechnology and its related processes. A sample comprised 88 elementary education preservice teachers at a large university in the Midwest of the USA. A total of 60 and 28 of the participants were enrolled in introductory and advanced science methods courses, respectively. Most…

  8. Pre-Service Teachers' Belief Change and Practical Knowledge Development during the Course of Practicum (United States)

    Debreli, Emre


    This study deals with the nature of change processes that pre-service teachers undergo throughout their training in an English Language Teaching programme. It also explores the types of beliefs about learning and teaching that pre-service teachers held before starting the practical phase of the programme and whether and how the practical phase…

  9. Evaluation of Metacognitive Competence of Pre-Service Music Teachers in Terms of Some Variables (United States)

    Hakan, Okay


    The purpose of the present research is to define pre-service music teachers' competence in using metacognitive activities in relation to academic achievement, gender, and class grade variables. The work-group consists of 131 pre-service music teachers, who study at Balikesir University Necatibey Faculty of Education, Programme of Music Teaching.…

  10. Preservice Middle and High School Mathematics Teachers' Strategies When Solving Proportion Problems (United States)

    Arican, Muhammet


    The purpose of this study was to investigate eight preservice middle and high school mathematics teachers' solution strategies when solving single and multiple proportion problems. Real-world missing-value word problems were used in an interview setting to collect information about preservice teachers' (PSTs) reasoning about proportional…

  11. Investigating Pre-Service Chemistry Teachers' Problem Solving Strategies: Towards Developing a Framework in Teaching Stoichiometry (United States)

    Espinosa, Allen A.; Nueva España, Rebecca C.; Marasigan, Arlyne C.


    The present study investigated pre-service chemistry teachers' problem solving strategies and alternative conceptions in solving stoichiometric problems and later on formulate a teaching framework based from the result of the study. The pre-service chemistry teachers were given four stoichiometric problems with increasing complexity and they need…

  12. Challenges Pre-Service Teachers Face When Implementing a 5E Inquiry Model of Instruction (United States)

    Enugu, Ramya; Hokayem, Hayat


    This study examined the challenges that pre-service teachers faced when implementing inquiry and their perspective on how to overcome them. The data sample was 55 pre-service teachers (PSTs) enrolled into two sections of a science methods course in a private university in North Texas. The data sources consisted of inquiry-based lesson plans, PST…

  13. The Relationship between Pre-Service Teachers' Lifelong Learning Tendencies and Teaching Profession Anxiety Levels (United States)

    Özen, Rasit; Öztürk, Duygu Saniye


    The present study aims to examine the relationship between pre-service teachers' lifelong learning tendencies and teaching profession anxiety levels with respect to certain variables (their gender and subject area) and is designed as a survey study. The fourth year pre-service teachers (n=455) in the spring semester of the 2015-2016 academic year…

  14. Analysis of Pre-Service Science Teachers' Views about the Methods Which Develop Reflective Thinking (United States)

    Töman, Ufuk; Odabasi Çimer, Sabiha; Çimer, Atilla


    In this study, we investigate of science and technology pre-service teachers' opinions about the methods developed reflective thinking and we determined at the level of reflective thinking. This study is a descriptive study. Open-ended questions were used to determine the views of pre-service teachers. Questions used in the statistical analysis of…

  15. Investigation of the Perceived Causes of Pre-Service Physics Teachers' Problems Encountered in School Experience (United States)

    Körhasan, Nilüfer Didis; Didis, M. Gözde


    This study investigates a group of pre-service physics teachers' perceptions about the causes of problems in school experience through the attribution theory. The participants were thirteen pre-service physics teachers from a public university in Turkey. Data were collected through the interviews by requesting the participants to reflect their own…

  16. Update Your Status: Exploring Pre-Service Teacher Identities in an Online Discussion Group (United States)

    Lu, Yolanda; Curwood, Jen Scott


    A substantial body of research indicates that a teacher's identity is an essential aspect of their professional practice. As this body of research grows, researchers have increasingly sought to investigate the nature of pre-service teacher identities. This paper reports on a study that examined identities in the context of a pre-service cohort's…

  17. The Effect Structured Participation Experiences Have on Pre-Service Teachers' Preparedness to Teach Reading (United States)

    Brannon, Diana; Fiene, Judy


    Many pre-service teachers express a lack of confidence and preparedness to face the challenges of teaching reading in today's classrooms. The current study looks at whether Structured Participation Experiences (SPE) in reading increase pre-service teachers' preparedness to teach reading compared to more traditional unstructured field experiences.…

  18. Integrating E-Books into Science Teaching by Preservice Elementary School Teachers (United States)

    Lai, Ching-San


    This study aims to discuss the issues of integrating e-books into science teaching by preservice elementary school teachers. The study adopts both qualitative and quantitative research methods. In total, 24 preservice elementary school teachers participated in this study. The main sources of research data included e-books produced by preservice…

  19. Consolidating Pre-Service Physics Teachers' Subject Matter Knowledge Using Didactical Reconstructions (United States)

    Mäntylä, T.; Nousiainen, M.


    In the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, there are advanced physics courses designed for the needs of pre-service physics teachers. The starting point is that after introductory and intermediate physics courses, pre-service physics teachers know laws and definitions but the knowledge is quite fragmented and does not form coherent…

  20. Using Video Feedback and Annotations to Develop ICT Competency in Pre-Service Teacher Education (United States)

    Anderson, Kate; Kennedy-Clark, Shannon; Galstaun, Vilma


    This paper presents the findings of a study that focused on developing Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) competency in pre-service teacher education Units of Study. The study adopted a collaborative-learn-technology-by-design conceptual framework. One-hundred and twenty pre-service teachers participated in the semester-long study.…