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Buabeng, Isaac; Conner, Lindsey; Winter, David – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2016
This paper explores New Zealand (NZ) physics teachers' and physics educators' views about Initial Teacher Education (ITE). Perspectives of physics teachers nationally indicated that in general, teachers considered themselves not well-prepared in some content areas including electronics, modern physics, and atomic and nuclear physics. This may be…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Morrison, Chad M. – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2016
The purposes of professional experience within initial teacher education programs are varied (Russell, 2005). However, there is limited literature explaining (a) university-based teacher educators' beliefs about its purposes and (b) how these purposes are reflected in practice. This study investigated these themes. A pragmatic mixed-method…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Theory Practice Relationship
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Dixon, Helen; Ward, Gillian – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2015
Postgraduate study provides teachers with opportunities to become critical consumers of research as well as generators of their own knowledge, enabling them to fulfil the mandate of teaching being a research informed and evidenced based profession (Robinson, 2003). This article pays attention to 18 practicing teachers' reasons for undertaking a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Masters Programs, Masters Degrees, Teacher Attitudes
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Daly, Nicola; Blakeney-Williams, Marilyn M. – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2015
There is a great deal of contemporary research demonstrating the effective use of picturebooks in the classroom; however, there are few studies recording perceptions and use of picturebooks in Initial Teacher Education [ITE]. This study explores the reported use of picturebooks within a New Zealand university-based ITE degree programme. The data…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Picture Books, Semi Structured Interviews
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Owen, Hazel; Dunmill, Merryn – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2014
This paper presents the longitudinal learning journey of two educators who participated in the Virtual Professional Learning and Development programme (VPLD) between 2010 and 2013. Each participant's story of change describes the process and outcomes of their involvement in a future-focused environment of virtual mentorship supported by a tailored…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Mentors, Teacher Attitudes
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Legge, Maureen; Smith, Wayne – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2014
This article reports research that critically examined our teacher education outdoor education pedagogy. The purpose was to use visual ethnography to critique our teaching over twenty years of annual five-day bush-based residential camps. The bush camps were situated in an outdoor education programme contributing to a four-year undergraduate…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Experiential Learning, Outdoor Education, Teaching Methods
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Bernay, Ross S. – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2014
This article reviews a hermeneutic phenomenological study of five beginning teachers who were introduced to mindfulness during their initial teacher education programme. The participants kept fortnightly journals and engaged in three interviews with the researcher to assess the benefits of using mindfulness during the first year of teaching. The…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Attention Control, Consciousness Raising
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Gillespie, Lorna B. – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2011
This paper focuses on the significance of curriculum value orientations for curriculum implementation and, therefore, for teacher education. The paper draws on data arising from research undertaken with six Health and Physical Education teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand to explore issues pertinent to Physical Education teacher education (PETE).…
Descriptors: Physical Education Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Values, Curriculum