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Preschool teacher career and why individuals choose it
Maja Hmelak, Jurka Lepičnik-Vodopivec, 2012, original scientific article

Abstract: The first part of the article examines certain fundamental theoretical facts about preschool education courses and the preschool teacher profession, as well as current theoretical and empirical knowledge about the motives for choosing this career path. The central part of the article is devoted to the empirical study. A study was performed on a sample of 616 students and preschool teachers to determine their opinions about how suitable they think their choice of education and future profession was, and about the motivational factors that led the respondents to choose preschool education studies and the preschool teacher profession. The study also factored in respondents' backgrounds (students, teachers) and status (beginners, established, experienced). An analysis of differences between the respondents in regard to their background and status revealed a general agreement with the suitability of choosing their education/future profession, but it also showed that their choice was primarily guided by self-actualization and altruistic reasons. However, statistically significant differences were spotted in other reasons as well. Considering that inner motivational factors were the most common among all respondents, the authors deduce that the respondents represent a suitably chosen and educated population of current and future preschool teachers, which should ensure quality work with preschool children.
Keywords: preschool education, preschool teacher, profession, motivation, career
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1401; Downloads: 213
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Methodology of evaluation and monitoring teacher - mentor and teacher - trainee
Janja Črčinovič Rozman, Samo Fošnarič, Jurij Planinšec, 2010, original scientific article

Abstract: In Slovenia new teachers are required to complete a ten-month probationary period in a school. In this period they are supervised by a teacher-mentor, who does not have any detailed documentation on how to supervise the probation teachers. The research we have done investigated how teacher-mentors evaluated their own mentoring experiences. The study involvedd 160 teachers and 77 headmasters from Slovenian schools. The data received from the questionnaire was analyzed quantitatively. We found out that the teacher probationary period is suitable. Teachers are satisfied with their menthorship role, because it is a challenge for them and they can gain new knowledge. A lot of teachers think that they would need an additional qualifi cation and an additional material for their work with the probation teachers. Teacher mentors are not enough qualified for their mentors work, therefore they need support in workshops with examples of good practice and detailed guidelines for their work.
Keywords: education, teacher mentor, probation teacher, headmastor, evaluation
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 853; Downloads: 13
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Does undergraduate education influence teachers' perceptions of learning and teching? : the case of the Republic of Slovenia
Milena Ivanuš-Grmek, Marija Javornik Krečič, 2008, original scientific article

Abstract: In the first part of the paper, different models of teacher education are presented and analysed: the pre-technocratic model or the model of training master craftsmen; the technocratic model or the model of applied science; and the post-technocratic model or the reflexive model. In the second part of the paper, the results of the empirical research are presented. The aim of the empirical research was to determine the influence of undergraduate teacher education on teachers' perceptions of learning and teaching and, consequently,on teachers' actions. In Slovenia, teachers' education was carried out following two main models: the pre-technocratic model or model of training master craftsmen, which was typical for the Academy of Education, and the technocratic model or the so-called model of applied science, which is used at the education faculties nowadays. Because of this dualism in teachers'education models, there exist differences between teachers and their perception and actions as well.
Keywords: education, teacher education, models od education, perception, professional development, teaching profession
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1259; Downloads: 60
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Primary preservice teacher change intervention program for mathematics
Alenka Lipovec, 2008, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: An intervention program used in elementary teacher education in Slovenia is presented. Program is based on preserves teachers' field experience with mathematically promising students. Evaluation from three viewpoints (students' general creative abilities, students' mathematical achievements and preserves teachers' change in beliefs and conceptions concerning teaching and learning) has been conducted. Overall results speak in favour of presented approach. Additionally results support the claim that objectively scored free word associative experiment can be used to assist a classroom teacher in the identification of creative mathematically promising students.
Keywords: education, mathematics, mathematics lessons, promising students, teacher education, creativity quotient, changes
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1183; Downloads: 25
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Obstacles to change in teacher education : Elektronski vir
Slavko Cvetek, 2007, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: In his paper, the author points to the well-known fact that the key obstacle to quality improvement in many traditional teacher education institutions is the prevailing philosophy which gives priority to traditional academic disciplines and specialist subject knowledge at the expense of practical and professional knowledge that teachers need. He then presents some of the findings of his research, a rational end empirical evaluation of the study programme for future English language teachers at the Faculty of Education, University of Maribor in which he investigated, among other things, the beliefs of the academic staff about the role of theory and practice in the curriculum and, specifically, their beliefs about the relevance of their respective subjects (academic disciplines) for the programme as such. The findings suggest that many of the academic staff, while formally recognising the role of practical knowledge for the profession of the teacher, show little awareness of the purposes of contemporary teacher education and hold rather idealised views about the relevance oftheir respective subjects (academic disciplines) for the study programme as such. For comparison, some findings of an empirical study conducted among students are also given.
Keywords: education, teacher education, teachers, foreign language teachers, evaluation
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1096; Downloads: 31
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Teaching History through English
Andreja Lasnik, 2013, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: This diploma thesis discusses Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) as a new and innovative educational approach in different countries with the emphasis on the current status of CLIL in Slovenia. However, the main focus of the diploma thesis is to discuss the extent of using English in History lessons and out-of-school activities related to history topics among Year 8 and Year 9 primary school learners. Although CLIL has been part of the national curricula in several countries in Europe, Canada and the United States, it still has not been formally established in Slovenia. Therefore, one of the main purposes of the diploma thesis is to raise awareness about positive effects of CLIL on the learners and teachers and discuss some key suggestions for its implementation in the Slovenian primary schools. The diploma thesis provides different examples of CLIL History lesson plans and considerations for teachers on how History lessons could be taught in English as a foreign language. In the empirical part of the thesis I investigate the use of English in History lessons. This represents the basic question of the research and the starting point for the following sub-questions regarding the manner and the place of the use of English. The survey data was collected by means of a questionnaire, which was distributed to the learners of Year 8 and Year 9 in four Slovenian primary schools (N= 195). The results show that Year 8 and Year 9 learners in rural or urban primary schools rarely use English in History lessons. Age and the location of primary schools in most cases do not have a statistically significant effect on the use of English in History lessons or on the students’ out-of-school activities related to history topics. The respondents use English history websites and watch English history documentaries and films more frequently than read English history books. The students want to use English in History lessons more often.
Keywords: CLIL, English language, History, teacher, learner
Published: 29.05.2014; Views: 1004; Downloads: 88
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DYSLEXIA IN A GENERAL PRIMARY EDUCATION ENGLISH CLASSROOM
Erika Golob, 2015, master's thesis

Abstract: In the master’s thesis I defined the concept of dyslexia. I focused on two different views on dyslexia, namely dyslexia as a reading and writing disorder, something you need to repair or heal, and dyslexia as an added value that gives individuals abilities a person without dyslexia does not possess. The thesis briefly presents the causes of dyslexia, learning deficits, specifically difficulties in reading and writing, various approaches to tackle these difficulties and general guidelines to alleviate them. The thesis then offers some examples of good multi sensory teaching practice which could alleviate the dyslexic pupil’s learning process and could be used in a general education English classroom. The empirical part first gives an introduction to the survey and then presents the results. The survey was conducted on a sample of 160 primary school English teachers enquiring about how well they know dyslexia and its symptoms, how many students with confirmed dyslexia they teach and how they tackle the challenge of teaching such students in an English classroom the focus being on to what extent they accommodate teaching materials and teaching methods for their dyslexic pupils.
Keywords: dyslexia, the gift of dyslexia, learning disability, specific learning disability, general recommendations and accommodations, teacher’s support
Published: 14.04.2015; Views: 1275; Downloads: 107
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