ERIC Number: EJ724145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Obstacles as Opportunities in the Promotion of Teachers' Learning
Harfitt, Gary James; Tavares, Nicole Judith
International Journal of Educational Research, v41 n4-5 p353-366 2004
This paper describes the professional growth of two teacher educators. It notes obstacles to teachers' professional development, and investigates the factors which make some teachers less vulnerable to challenges. The paper observes that teacher educators who engage in self-study can reach a renewed understanding of their roles both in and beyond the classroom. The 3-year study on which the paper focuses aims at self-improvement, and takes the form of ongoing and reflective interaction with pre-service and in-service teachers in a post-graduate diploma course at The University of Hong Kong. Data were gathered from multiple sources: the collaborative lesson-planning experiences with the student-teachers, lesson observations, student-teachers' post-lesson reflections, retrospective interviews, and various types of online communication. The paper explores what constitutes the inner power of student-teachers and how the teacher educators can play a more vital role in connecting the disconnected teachers by empowering them to turn obstacles into opportunities. Through the journey and dynamics of co-learning with the student-teachers and teachers at schools, the paper further discusses how these obstacles have become opportunities for the teacher educators' mutual gains in professional growth and inner strength.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Educators, Faculty Development, Teacher Role, Student Teachers, Teacher Empowerment, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teacher Improvement, Cooperative Planning, Lesson Plans, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong