ERIC Number: EJ881020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Changing Conceptions of Effective Teacher Education: The Journey of a Novice Teacher Educator
Grierson, Arlene L.
Studying Teacher Education, v6 n1 p3-15 Apr 2010
This article examines my three-year journey developing a personal pedagogy of teacher education. As an autobiographical self-study, nodal moments are revealed that raise and reflect the tensions I experienced and the challenges I encountered. These included developing an awareness of my incomplete understandings of key components of teacher education, particularly the importance of fostering critical reflection. Acknowledgement of the benefits and complexities of first facilitating and later assessing reflective practice followed next. My transformation from a confident school-board resource teacher to an uncertain teacher educator, who reiteratively questions her practices as she comes to understand and teach to promote conceptual change, resonates with the uncertain terrain of teacher education. I explore the implications of this self-study by discussing the need for support, suggesting that teacher educators, particularly part-time instructors, be provided with opportunities to examine their teacher education beliefs. I recommend self-study groups as vehicles for this support.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Educators, Doctoral Programs, Attitude Change, Adoption (Ideas), Self Evaluation (Individuals), Reflective Teaching, Educational Practices, Preservice Teacher Education, Prior Learning, Influences, Teacher Behavior, Beliefs, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Theory Practice Relationship, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada