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2021 ◽  
Vol 11 (7) ◽  
pp. 95
Author(s):  
Inmaculada García-Martínez ◽  
Eufrasio Pérez-Navío ◽  
Miguel Pérez-Ferra ◽  
Rocío Quijano-López

Emotional intelligence (EI) and stress are constructs that often characterize the teaching profession and are inversely related. There is evidence in the literature that suggests the importance of teachers working on EI in order to learn coping strategies and improve their teaching practices. This descriptive and correlational study had the purpose of examining the social–emotional profile of future teachers based on their EI and academic stress levels in order to provide guidance for future stressful situations that will affect their future professional development. For this purpose, we used a random sampling for convenience in a university population enrolled in degrees of education at Andalusian universities (Spain), getting a sample of 1020 pre-service teachers. The results pointed to a superiority in EI, academic stress, and academic achievement in favor of females compared to males. The relationship among EI, academic stress, and student teachers’ achievement was demonstrated. Furthermore, some components of EI were positioned as important factors to improve student achievement and reduce academic stress. Once the high incidence of these constructs on academic achievement was confirmed, the importance of developing EI and coping and stress skills training programs, aimed at improving academic success and their subsequent professional development, was demonstrated.


2021 ◽  
Vol 13 (3) ◽  
pp. 58-70
Author(s):  
Hamonangan Tambunan ◽  
Marsangkap Silitonga ◽  
Uli Basa Sidabutar

To compare the different impacts of the balance of face-to-face and online learning in blended learning, along with learning styles, an experiment was done using a 3x4 design consisting of three blended learning composition groups of 25% face-to-face and 75% online, an equal balance of face-to-face and online, and 75% face-to-face and 25% online. There were four learning style type groups of Diverger, Assimilator, Converger, and Accommodator. The population was student teachers in electrical engineering. Students of each style were randomly allocated to the three blended learning groups. It was found that both the blend of online and face-to-face learning and the types of learning styles affect competence outcomes significantly in some combinations.


Author(s):  
Majid Farahian ◽  
Farshad Parhamnia

Educational research literature has underscored the key role of collaboration and interaction among teachers. As such, the present study, as its main objective, sought whether knowledge sharing in a reflective focus group improved English as a foreign language(EFL) student teachers’ reflective practice. In addition, it explored the benefits and challenges to knowledge sharing in a reflective focus group. To this end, a survey of reflective practice, and a semi-structured interview were employed to investigate research questions. Eleven Iranian Master of Arts (MA) students who were, at the same time, EFL teachers in languages schools served as the participants of the study. The results indicated that the focus group platform could enable EFL teachers to improve their reflective practice through interaction with colleagues. Among other factors, receiving constructive feedback, and recognizing the possible relationship between theory and practice were the benefits of knowledge sharing through reflective practice. Regarding the barriers to using reflective focus group, various inhibitors were reported by the participants that can be classified into personal, institutional, and educational factors. The implications of the study are also presented.


2021 ◽  
Vol 10 (1) ◽  
pp. 195-221
Author(s):  
Festo Nguru

There is a lack of clarity about the role of practical work in promoting learning and thinking, due to mediocrity in the way it is being handled.  This study used mixed methods design to develop through microteaching, LSP integrated practical work to explore its characteristics in order to examine how the student-teachers adapted to the pedagogy in relation to its efficacy in developing science, English language, and pedagogy. The research was conducted at the University of Dodoma. The study involved 63 student-teachers and five lecturers with different specializations. The study was carried out in three cycles at the College of Education. It involved the second-year students who were studying Bachelor of Education in Science, who undertook a Physics Teaching Methods course. Review of lesson plans, achievement tests, classroom observations, and interviews with student-teachers, together with focus group discussions among the lecturers, were used to collect data. The qualitative data were analysed using the thematic analysis approach, while the quantitative data were analysed through repeated measures t-test. The student-teachers were able to plan and implement LSP practical lessons in which case students reported to have enjoyed their participation, sharing of experiences, and the bilingual classrooms. The findings from the repeated measures t-test show that there was a significant rise in the mean scores from pre-test (67.9) to the post-test (80.2), with very much reduced variability (SD) of scores among students from 24.9 (pre-test) to 6.6 (post-test). From interviews with 8 case students after each lesson, it was concluded that the students improved in science content, English language competence, and pedagogy.


2021 ◽  
Author(s):  
Ridwan ◽  
Jihan Nabilah

The aims of this study were to explore any possible existence of linkage between perceived anxiety and speaking skills, and to determine any significant difference in speaking skills between the students who got higher level of speaking anxiety and those who were in lower level of speaking anxiety. This research employed a quantitative method. Sixty-nine second semester student teachers of the English Education Department of Borneo Tarakan University were taken as the sample of this research. Data were collected using questionnaire, speaking test, and interview. Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) questionnaire developed by Horwitz et al. (1986) was used to rate students’ perceived anxiety and speaking test was carried out to assess students’ speaking skills. The Pearson product moment correlation and the independent sample t-test were employed in analyzing the acquired data. The result of this study showed that, first, there was no relationship between speaking anxiety and speaking skills because the r-test value (0.221) was lower than the r-table (0.235) and the sig. value for 2-tailed (0.068) was higher than the level of significance (0.05) which indicated there was no relationship. Second, the students who were in higher level of anxiety got better speaking skills (mean score: 65.6) than those who were in lower level of anxiety (59.7). The result of Independent sample t-test proved that the sig. value for 2-tailed (0.152) was higher than the level of significance (0.05). The result of the interview confirmed that internal and external factors affected the students’ speaking skills. Those factors were psychological state (lack of confidence, discourage, anxiety itself), linguistic knowledge (limited vocabulary, poor grammar, mispronunciation), general knowledge (topics being discussed), performance situations (time, preparation, amount of support), and the learning atmosphere (classroom climate).


2021 ◽  
Vol ahead-of-print (ahead-of-print) ◽  
Author(s):  
Jo Fletcher ◽  
Chris Astall ◽  
John Everatt

PurposeThis paper is aims to mentor initial teacher education (ITE) students during their practicum.Design/methodology/approachInformed by a social constructivist theoretical framework, an online survey was used to capture the breadth of quantitative data and the richness of qualitative responses relating to factors impacting student−teachers' experiences during practicums.FindingsQuantitative data indicate that many student teachers were positive about the practicum, but this varied across the type of school in which they were placed. The qualitative data analyses showed a greater in-depth understanding of the range of issues that impacted how student teachers are treated in their role as a mentee by the mentor and the wider school community.Practical implicationsBetter understanding the experiences of student teachers helps to inform ITE providers of the critical role that mentor teachers play in preparing student teachers. The practical implications are that strategies to develop deep and collaborative partnerships amongst ITE providers, mentor teachers and school leaders, which build stronger understandings of a mentor teacher's role, are critical in order to support student teachers.Originality/valueThis research study repositions the critical nature of effective mentoring of student teachers so that mentor teachers and ITE providers can be informed by the voices and lived realities of these student teachers. The mentoring relationship needs to be critically interrogated to provide a more even and supportive “playing field” for all student teachers.


Author(s):  
Philipp Martzog ◽  
Svenja Hoyer ◽  
Simon Kuttner

Uncertainty, here defined as an experienced information deficit regarding teacher authority, student knowledge etc., is a ubiquitous phenomenon in teachers' professional lives. Teacher education in Germany does however not explicitly prepare student teachers for uncertainty, and there is little conceptual clarity regarding competencies required to successfully cope with uncertainty in the teacher profession. Therefore, the authors first propose a new conceptual framework that defines teachers' uncertainty competence (UC) and, secondly, report on a new measurement approach that was developed to assess student teachers' UC in different educational settings. In a final step, the new approach was administered to 356 Waldorf and non-Waldorf student teachers in Germany to examine two core assumptions behind UC, namely its sensitivity to differences in context and educational experiences. Results lend preliminary support for these assumptions and are discussed with regard to their match with the new response concept and methodological considerations regarding its measurement.


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