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Journal
eISSN
1691-5534
First Published
04 May 2009
Publication timeframe
2 times per year
Languages
English

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Volume 20 (2018): Issue 2 (December 2018)

Journal Details
Format
Journal
eISSN
1691-5534
First Published
04 May 2009
Publication timeframe
2 times per year
Languages
English

Search

10 Articles
Open Access

Exploring the Preschool Teachers’ Views on Professionalism, Quality of Education and Sustainability: International Study in Estonia and Turkey

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 5 - 18

Abstract

Abstract

Since education is a dynamic process and open to contemporary changes, professionalism which is vitally important for the sustainability of teacher education, has gained importance. Recent studies have emphasised the relations between professionalism and quality of teacher education and sustainability. The aim of the current study was to interview preschool teachers and to explore their views and understandings about professionalism, quality of preschool education, and sustainability in Estonian and Turkish cultural contexts. In this study, qualitative research methods were used to analyse the data obtained from the participants. Fifteen preschool teachers from Estonia and 36 preschool teachers currently working in different parts of Turkey participated in the study. They were asked to respond to 15 open-ended questions about professionalism and quality of teacher education and sustainability. Content analysis techniques were used for coding, finding the themes, arranging the sub-themes for interpreting the data obtained. Some suggestions are made to the teachers and educational policy makers related to the research findings.

Keywords

  • professionalism
  • quality of teacher education
  • sustainability
  • preschool teachers
Open Access

Changes in Thoughts and Actions as Requirements for a Sustainable Future: A Review of Recent Research on the Finnish Educational System and Sustainable Development

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 19 - 30

Abstract

Abstract

In numerous UN policy documents, a sustainable future through education is set in a key position; the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (UNESCO, 2018) is no exception. Therefore, it is of great importance to examine and report how different UN member countries work towards the implementation of sustainability at all levels of education. This article is a review of recently published research in Finland, with a focus on sustainability in the educational system. Specifically, the article deals with teacher education, combined with theoretical research around sustainability and systems thinking, to find a pathway forward. The main finding is that higher education in Finland cannot guarantee that student teachers are prepared enough to teach about sustainability. This issue is discussed and addressed in the last part of the article.

Keywords

  • sustainable development
  • teacher education
  • sustainability
  • Finland
  • educational system
Open Access

Science of Pedagogy: Theory of Educational Discipline and Practice

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 31 - 43

Abstract

Abstract

The article addresses and provides an introduction to pedagogy in its capacity of science and a university discipline in the field of education sciences. Nowadays not only teacher education programmes are embedded in theories and follow transitions of pedagogy. These have become even more complex, therefore, challenge new discussions in the evolving importance of human relations and transition towards learning-centred science of pedagogy to underpin practice of competence-oriented education.

Based on the main historical processes in Latvia and along with informative insight into the practices of European universities and research, the article traces the traditional background of pedagogy, the challenging role of philosophy to foster understanding of pedagogy as a unique, well-structured science with its object of investigation, which is not being explored by any other science. Alongside the discrete field of education and constantly evolving research, pedagogy develops its theories, all-level practices and disciplines within tertiary and doctoral programmes; because of these its changing nature provides sustainability, cause critique and improvements to an extent which is resilient to multiple external forces.

The article highlights some current developments of pedagogy as a stable, open-to-diversity and innovative theory to underpin the process of formal and informal education. The understanding of pedagogy in its meaning of teacher philosophy-in-use leads to a discussion of the constant and changing components of the definition. The intellectual tradition of pedagogy has become a phenomenon and notion to be compared and clarified in the context of another phenomenon – education sciences. The conclusions remind therefore the benefit of adopting the science of pedagogy being a theory and practice of formal education.

Keywords

  • science of pedagogy
  • object of investigation
  • practice of pedagogy
  • educational studies
  • education sciences
Open Access

Emotional Competence and Individual Style of Action of Future Teachers of Higher Education in the System of Education for Sustainable Development

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 44 - 63

Abstract

Abstract

The article presents the results of a study of emotional competence and individual style of action of students – future teachers of higher education in the system of education for sustainable development (EDS). The theoretical analysis of the application possibilities of the system (ideas) of EDS is performed. The study highlights a number of competences that are consistent with the components of emotional competence and individual style of action. The study involves 20 students of pedagogical specialties from Almaty, Kazakh-stan. The components of emotional competence and individual style of action are investigated using self-assessment questionnaires. The article presents the answer to the question of whether there are stable links between the components of emotional competence and individual style of action as well as draws conclusions on the importance of developing emotional competence in the EDS system.

Keywords

  • sustainable development
  • education for sustainability (EfS)
  • students of pedagogical specialities
  • emotional competence
  • individual style of action
  • study engagement
  • empathy
Open Access

Attitudes toward Pillars of Sustainable Development: The Case for University Science Education Students in Jordan

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 64 - 73

Abstract

Abstract

The primary aim of the study is to determine the attitudes of science education students at a public university in Jordan toward sustainable development. The validated instrument has been applied to a sample of 198 university students taking science education classes. Descriptive analyses have been used to analyse the data collected. Results of the study indicate overall positive attitudes toward three pillars of sustainable development (economic viability, society, and education). However, students’ attitudes toward the environment as a pillar of sustainable development are negative. The study offers recommendations for theory and practice.

Keywords

  • sustainable development
  • environment
  • society
  • economic viability
  • education
  • university students
Open Access

Elaborating Indigenous Knowledge in the Science Curriculum for the Cultural Sustainability

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 74 - 88

Abstract

Abstract

Indigenous knowledge has been contrasted and compared with scientific knowledge as traditional versus modern. This becomes the main problem for the native learners who feel separated from their environment. They face the challenge of existing in a couple of worlds indigenous and non-indigenous. The research presents the theoretical viewpoints of science education and indigenous knowledge to provide a new perspective on science learning. Data are gathered through the original document analysis of indigenous communities of Javanese people and science syllabi. The results of the study propose four steps to integrate indigenous knowledge in the science curricula: fragmented, connected, sequenced, and integrated. This study indicates that indigenous knowledge incorporated in the science curricula includes attitude, knowledge, and skill aspects. It establishes a significant connection between what pupils encounter in the school and their lives beyond the school for the cultural sustainability. Elaborating indigenous knowledge in the science classroom is potential for building meaningful learning and connecting the gap of science education pathways that a student obtains in schools and community.

Keywords

  • indigenous knowledge
  • science curricula
  • cultural sustainability
Open Access

The Influence of Generation and Experiencing Daily Routines on Educators’ Training

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 89 - 100

Abstract

Abstract

This qualitative study follows the two questions, how the factor of the generation, an educator in training belongs to, influences his or her general concept of how sustainability-related lessons should be conducted and how the factor of living in groups influences this as well. For this interviews with 206 students were held and their own educational approaches monitored. In conclusion, this study has three major findings. The first is the attempt to define the difference between the concept of environmental education and environmental instruction, as being different approaches to the same subject, with the latter being less participative and effective, according to this study. The second is, that there is apparently a generational gap between the Generations X, Y, and Z, concerning their approach on this subject. Apparently Education for Sustainable Development is becoming more and more implemented, with each generation. Finally, in-house living in everyday situations can make change towards sustainability happen with students and learners, but the other way is possible to. Considering this, learning in a group in an everyday situation might be a new approach for teacher training in Education for Sustainable Development.

Keywords

  • teacher training
  • Generation Y
  • Generation X
  • Generation Z
  • environmental instruction
  • environmental education
  • education for sustainable development
Open Access

Professional Development of EFL Teachers through Rotatory Peer Supervision

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 101 - 117

Abstract

Abstract

Supervision in Iranian private language schools is carried out by one experienced teacher supervisor with too much authority. This paper reports a novel model of supervision, namely rotatory peer-supervision, in which supervision is delegated to English as foreign language (EFL) teachers themselves. In rotatory supervision, experienced teachers take turns observing each other’s classes and those of their less experienced colleagues and providing constructive feedback. In this study, we investigated the possibility of employing teachers as supervisors and analyzed what they focused and what type of supervisory feedback they provided. While observing their peers’ classes on a rotatory basis for 16 sessions, four experienced teachers evaluated their peer’s teaching performance using a researcher-made classroom observation checklist after receiving a sandwich course on providing constructive supervisory feedback. Their evaluative comments were categorized in terms of compliments, criticisms, and suggestions. The findings revealed that the teacher-supervisors offered compliments much more than criticisms and suggestions. Moreover, critical comments were offered using non-accusatory, mitigated, and face-saving language. This study calls for further recognition of rotatory peer supervision as a viable alternative to the practiced models and further research on this under-researched topic.

Keywords

  • EFL teachers
  • compliments
  • criticisms
  • professional development
  • rotatory peer supervision
  • suggestions
Open Access

The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Teacher Development for Effective English Teaching in Bangladesh: A Gap that Needs Bridging

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 118 - 138

Abstract

Abstract

This article takes up the opportunity offered by the United Nations’ Strategic Development Goals to examine provisions for the selection, recruitment, training and professional development of secondary English teachers in Bangladesh. Qualified and trained teachers are considered as essential to effect the changes in English teaching and learning planned in national education policy. Since the adoption of a communicative approach to language teaching, initiatives have been taken to train teachers to teach English in this approach, and particularly to use multimedia equipment in their teaching; however the adequacy of these provisions is questioned in existing research and in media debates. This article starts with a brief description of the education context, highlighting the global Strategic Development Goals and local secondary English teaching. A review of existing recruitment and professional development provisions for secondary English teachers follows. Then project-based training programmes, which are funded and managed by external donors and aid agencies, are critically examined. Finally emerging issues and recommended changes are discussed.

Keywords

  • sustainable development goals
  • teacher education
  • Bangladesh
  • teacher development
  • pre-service
  • project-based
Open Access

Towards a Sustainable Curriculum for ESAP Teacher Training Program: A Profile of ESAP Content Specialists’ vs. Language Instructors’ Needs

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 139 - 157

Abstract

Abstract

The first and most crucial step towards developing a sustainable curriculum for instructors teaching English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) is a needs analysis. Therefore, the main aim of conducting this study was to investigate the in-service needs of language instructors and content specialists teaching ESAP and to spot the differences between the needs of these two groups in order to provide them with systematic treatments in ESAP teacher training programs. This mixed method study was designed on a qualitative-quantitative survey basis using a questionnaire, a semi-structured interview, and an observation checklist. The analysis of the data collected from 50 content specialists and 50 language instructors completing the questionnaires reveals that there is a significant difference between the in-service needs of these two groups, that is, language instructors desire more to be trained in an in-service ESAP teaching training program in terms of professional, procedural and personal needs. Furthermore, the results of the data obtained from the semi-structured interview and the observation of 20 of the above-mentioned instructors (i.e., 10 content specialists and 10 language instructors) indicate that language instructors have more difficulty selecting suitable materials, suffer more from low income, attitudinal difficulties and backwash effect compared to their counterparts teaching ESAP courses. It can be inferred that the results of the present study can sufficiently help the researchers to embark on an in-service teacher training program both for ESAP content specialists and language instructors based on their specific needs in the ESAP context.

Keywords

  • in-service teacher training program
  • content specialists
  • language instructors
  • instructors’ needs
  • ESAP courses
10 Articles
Open Access

Exploring the Preschool Teachers’ Views on Professionalism, Quality of Education and Sustainability: International Study in Estonia and Turkey

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 5 - 18

Abstract

Abstract

Since education is a dynamic process and open to contemporary changes, professionalism which is vitally important for the sustainability of teacher education, has gained importance. Recent studies have emphasised the relations between professionalism and quality of teacher education and sustainability. The aim of the current study was to interview preschool teachers and to explore their views and understandings about professionalism, quality of preschool education, and sustainability in Estonian and Turkish cultural contexts. In this study, qualitative research methods were used to analyse the data obtained from the participants. Fifteen preschool teachers from Estonia and 36 preschool teachers currently working in different parts of Turkey participated in the study. They were asked to respond to 15 open-ended questions about professionalism and quality of teacher education and sustainability. Content analysis techniques were used for coding, finding the themes, arranging the sub-themes for interpreting the data obtained. Some suggestions are made to the teachers and educational policy makers related to the research findings.

Keywords

  • professionalism
  • quality of teacher education
  • sustainability
  • preschool teachers
Open Access

Changes in Thoughts and Actions as Requirements for a Sustainable Future: A Review of Recent Research on the Finnish Educational System and Sustainable Development

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 19 - 30

Abstract

Abstract

In numerous UN policy documents, a sustainable future through education is set in a key position; the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (UNESCO, 2018) is no exception. Therefore, it is of great importance to examine and report how different UN member countries work towards the implementation of sustainability at all levels of education. This article is a review of recently published research in Finland, with a focus on sustainability in the educational system. Specifically, the article deals with teacher education, combined with theoretical research around sustainability and systems thinking, to find a pathway forward. The main finding is that higher education in Finland cannot guarantee that student teachers are prepared enough to teach about sustainability. This issue is discussed and addressed in the last part of the article.

Keywords

  • sustainable development
  • teacher education
  • sustainability
  • Finland
  • educational system
Open Access

Science of Pedagogy: Theory of Educational Discipline and Practice

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 31 - 43

Abstract

Abstract

The article addresses and provides an introduction to pedagogy in its capacity of science and a university discipline in the field of education sciences. Nowadays not only teacher education programmes are embedded in theories and follow transitions of pedagogy. These have become even more complex, therefore, challenge new discussions in the evolving importance of human relations and transition towards learning-centred science of pedagogy to underpin practice of competence-oriented education.

Based on the main historical processes in Latvia and along with informative insight into the practices of European universities and research, the article traces the traditional background of pedagogy, the challenging role of philosophy to foster understanding of pedagogy as a unique, well-structured science with its object of investigation, which is not being explored by any other science. Alongside the discrete field of education and constantly evolving research, pedagogy develops its theories, all-level practices and disciplines within tertiary and doctoral programmes; because of these its changing nature provides sustainability, cause critique and improvements to an extent which is resilient to multiple external forces.

The article highlights some current developments of pedagogy as a stable, open-to-diversity and innovative theory to underpin the process of formal and informal education. The understanding of pedagogy in its meaning of teacher philosophy-in-use leads to a discussion of the constant and changing components of the definition. The intellectual tradition of pedagogy has become a phenomenon and notion to be compared and clarified in the context of another phenomenon – education sciences. The conclusions remind therefore the benefit of adopting the science of pedagogy being a theory and practice of formal education.

Keywords

  • science of pedagogy
  • object of investigation
  • practice of pedagogy
  • educational studies
  • education sciences
Open Access

Emotional Competence and Individual Style of Action of Future Teachers of Higher Education in the System of Education for Sustainable Development

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 44 - 63

Abstract

Abstract

The article presents the results of a study of emotional competence and individual style of action of students – future teachers of higher education in the system of education for sustainable development (EDS). The theoretical analysis of the application possibilities of the system (ideas) of EDS is performed. The study highlights a number of competences that are consistent with the components of emotional competence and individual style of action. The study involves 20 students of pedagogical specialties from Almaty, Kazakh-stan. The components of emotional competence and individual style of action are investigated using self-assessment questionnaires. The article presents the answer to the question of whether there are stable links between the components of emotional competence and individual style of action as well as draws conclusions on the importance of developing emotional competence in the EDS system.

Keywords

  • sustainable development
  • education for sustainability (EfS)
  • students of pedagogical specialities
  • emotional competence
  • individual style of action
  • study engagement
  • empathy
Open Access

Attitudes toward Pillars of Sustainable Development: The Case for University Science Education Students in Jordan

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 64 - 73

Abstract

Abstract

The primary aim of the study is to determine the attitudes of science education students at a public university in Jordan toward sustainable development. The validated instrument has been applied to a sample of 198 university students taking science education classes. Descriptive analyses have been used to analyse the data collected. Results of the study indicate overall positive attitudes toward three pillars of sustainable development (economic viability, society, and education). However, students’ attitudes toward the environment as a pillar of sustainable development are negative. The study offers recommendations for theory and practice.

Keywords

  • sustainable development
  • environment
  • society
  • economic viability
  • education
  • university students
Open Access

Elaborating Indigenous Knowledge in the Science Curriculum for the Cultural Sustainability

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 74 - 88

Abstract

Abstract

Indigenous knowledge has been contrasted and compared with scientific knowledge as traditional versus modern. This becomes the main problem for the native learners who feel separated from their environment. They face the challenge of existing in a couple of worlds indigenous and non-indigenous. The research presents the theoretical viewpoints of science education and indigenous knowledge to provide a new perspective on science learning. Data are gathered through the original document analysis of indigenous communities of Javanese people and science syllabi. The results of the study propose four steps to integrate indigenous knowledge in the science curricula: fragmented, connected, sequenced, and integrated. This study indicates that indigenous knowledge incorporated in the science curricula includes attitude, knowledge, and skill aspects. It establishes a significant connection between what pupils encounter in the school and their lives beyond the school for the cultural sustainability. Elaborating indigenous knowledge in the science classroom is potential for building meaningful learning and connecting the gap of science education pathways that a student obtains in schools and community.

Keywords

  • indigenous knowledge
  • science curricula
  • cultural sustainability
Open Access

The Influence of Generation and Experiencing Daily Routines on Educators’ Training

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 89 - 100

Abstract

Abstract

This qualitative study follows the two questions, how the factor of the generation, an educator in training belongs to, influences his or her general concept of how sustainability-related lessons should be conducted and how the factor of living in groups influences this as well. For this interviews with 206 students were held and their own educational approaches monitored. In conclusion, this study has three major findings. The first is the attempt to define the difference between the concept of environmental education and environmental instruction, as being different approaches to the same subject, with the latter being less participative and effective, according to this study. The second is, that there is apparently a generational gap between the Generations X, Y, and Z, concerning their approach on this subject. Apparently Education for Sustainable Development is becoming more and more implemented, with each generation. Finally, in-house living in everyday situations can make change towards sustainability happen with students and learners, but the other way is possible to. Considering this, learning in a group in an everyday situation might be a new approach for teacher training in Education for Sustainable Development.

Keywords

  • teacher training
  • Generation Y
  • Generation X
  • Generation Z
  • environmental instruction
  • environmental education
  • education for sustainable development
Open Access

Professional Development of EFL Teachers through Rotatory Peer Supervision

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 101 - 117

Abstract

Abstract

Supervision in Iranian private language schools is carried out by one experienced teacher supervisor with too much authority. This paper reports a novel model of supervision, namely rotatory peer-supervision, in which supervision is delegated to English as foreign language (EFL) teachers themselves. In rotatory supervision, experienced teachers take turns observing each other’s classes and those of their less experienced colleagues and providing constructive feedback. In this study, we investigated the possibility of employing teachers as supervisors and analyzed what they focused and what type of supervisory feedback they provided. While observing their peers’ classes on a rotatory basis for 16 sessions, four experienced teachers evaluated their peer’s teaching performance using a researcher-made classroom observation checklist after receiving a sandwich course on providing constructive supervisory feedback. Their evaluative comments were categorized in terms of compliments, criticisms, and suggestions. The findings revealed that the teacher-supervisors offered compliments much more than criticisms and suggestions. Moreover, critical comments were offered using non-accusatory, mitigated, and face-saving language. This study calls for further recognition of rotatory peer supervision as a viable alternative to the practiced models and further research on this under-researched topic.

Keywords

  • EFL teachers
  • compliments
  • criticisms
  • professional development
  • rotatory peer supervision
  • suggestions
Open Access

The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Teacher Development for Effective English Teaching in Bangladesh: A Gap that Needs Bridging

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 118 - 138

Abstract

Abstract

This article takes up the opportunity offered by the United Nations’ Strategic Development Goals to examine provisions for the selection, recruitment, training and professional development of secondary English teachers in Bangladesh. Qualified and trained teachers are considered as essential to effect the changes in English teaching and learning planned in national education policy. Since the adoption of a communicative approach to language teaching, initiatives have been taken to train teachers to teach English in this approach, and particularly to use multimedia equipment in their teaching; however the adequacy of these provisions is questioned in existing research and in media debates. This article starts with a brief description of the education context, highlighting the global Strategic Development Goals and local secondary English teaching. A review of existing recruitment and professional development provisions for secondary English teachers follows. Then project-based training programmes, which are funded and managed by external donors and aid agencies, are critically examined. Finally emerging issues and recommended changes are discussed.

Keywords

  • sustainable development goals
  • teacher education
  • Bangladesh
  • teacher development
  • pre-service
  • project-based
Open Access

Towards a Sustainable Curriculum for ESAP Teacher Training Program: A Profile of ESAP Content Specialists’ vs. Language Instructors’ Needs

Published Online: 15 Feb 2019
Page range: 139 - 157

Abstract

Abstract

The first and most crucial step towards developing a sustainable curriculum for instructors teaching English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) is a needs analysis. Therefore, the main aim of conducting this study was to investigate the in-service needs of language instructors and content specialists teaching ESAP and to spot the differences between the needs of these two groups in order to provide them with systematic treatments in ESAP teacher training programs. This mixed method study was designed on a qualitative-quantitative survey basis using a questionnaire, a semi-structured interview, and an observation checklist. The analysis of the data collected from 50 content specialists and 50 language instructors completing the questionnaires reveals that there is a significant difference between the in-service needs of these two groups, that is, language instructors desire more to be trained in an in-service ESAP teaching training program in terms of professional, procedural and personal needs. Furthermore, the results of the data obtained from the semi-structured interview and the observation of 20 of the above-mentioned instructors (i.e., 10 content specialists and 10 language instructors) indicate that language instructors have more difficulty selecting suitable materials, suffer more from low income, attitudinal difficulties and backwash effect compared to their counterparts teaching ESAP courses. It can be inferred that the results of the present study can sufficiently help the researchers to embark on an in-service teacher training program both for ESAP content specialists and language instructors based on their specific needs in the ESAP context.

Keywords

  • in-service teacher training program
  • content specialists
  • language instructors
  • instructors’ needs
  • ESAP courses

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