ABSTRACT: This study investigated changes in beginning teachers’ self-perceptions of their pedagogical knowledge and skills after their
first year of teaching. Surveys were administered to 322 graduating student teachers at the end of the initial teacher preparation
programme and at the end of their first year of teaching to compare if there were any differences in their self-perceptions.
The results of the study showed significant increases in beginning teachers’ perceptions of their pedagogical knowledge and
skills in three factors: Instructional Support, Accommodating Diversity and Classroom Management. Results established the
development of teachers to be an ongoing process that is initiated but not completed in initial teacher preparation. Implications
of findings for induction and mentoring of beginning teachers are discussed.
KeywordsBeginning teachers–Teacher education–Teacher induction–Mentoring–Pedagogical knowledge and skills
Asia Pacific Education Review 05/2012; 12(1):79-87. · 0.47 Impact Factor
ABSTRACT: This paper reports the cross-validation of the factor pattern of the Perceptions of Knowledge and Skills in Teaching (PKST) survey, which was used to assess the self-perceived pedagogical knowledge and skills of pre-service and beginning teachers. The sample comprised 323 pre-service teachers enrolled in a 1-yr. post-graduate teacher education program in Singapore. The survey had 37 items distributed across six scales: student learning, lesson planning, instructional support, accommodating diversity, classroom management, and care and concern. A confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was used to cross-validate the survey's factor pattern. The results showed that the model was an acceptable fit to the data. The PKST survey can thus be adapted by different teacher education programs to assess pre-service and beginning teachers' progress in developing their pedagogical knowledge and skills.
Psychological Reports 04/2012; 110(2):589-97. · 0.44 Impact Factor
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to investigate if there were differences in the levels of pedagogical knowledge and skills as perceived by the student teachers who were enrolled in the Primary and the Secondary Post Graduate Diploma in Education programme at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. 170 Primary and 426 Secondary student teachers participated in the study. The results showed that there were no significant differences at the beginning of the programme between the two cohorts. However, there were significant differences between the two groups at the end of programme, with the Primary student teachers tending to perceive themselves as gaining more pedagogical knowledge and skills by the end of their initial teacher preparation programme than the Secondary student teachers.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education.