Gaalen Erickson

Gaalen Erickson
University of British Columbia - Vancouver | UBC · Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy (EDCP)

Doctor of Philosophy (Honorary) Uppsala 2007

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Readers with even a casual acquaintance with the research literature in the field of teacher education over the past 25 years will be aware of the dramatic increase in the use of the term ‘reflection’ to describe desired attributes [outcomes/behaviours] of participants in professional development programs for both novice and experienced teachers. O...
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The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of 35 preservice teachers as they were introduced to a new digital technology, “Slowmation” (abbreviated from Slow Animation), as a “disruptive” pedagogy over a period of 12 months. The participants in the study were 35 preservice teachers from an elementary cohort. Primary data sources inclu...
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At the University of British Columbia, as in many universities, the physics department offers courses to a wide variety of students, many of whom are not pursuing Physics as a major but are required to take Physics for their program of choice. So-called “service” courses targeted to this non-major population have historically been taught using the...
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The current round of basic education curriculum reform in China is considered by many to be the most radical and wide-reaching. However, very little is known about education reform at the school level. Here we document and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities that the reform programme is providing for teachers and schools. We describe t...
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China recently launched a large-scale reform of educational practices encompassing curricular content and pedagogical approaches. In this chapter, we outline some of the issues and types of changes that we think will be required of school and university-based educators in responding to this reform. The research project described in this chapter is...
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This study explored how the Internet bridges theory and practice. Teacher educators, teachers, and prospective teachers used collaborative technologies to design networked communities embedded in three distinct perspectives: the networked learning community, the networked community of practice, and the knowledge building community. Networked commun...
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This is the story of a teacher education initiative. The project A Community of Inquiry in Teacher Education (CITE) has aimed to transform learning to teach from an experience based on the acquisition of skills to one centred on the cultivation of certain dispositions. CITE creates a program structure for integrating elements of university-based co...
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In this paper we examine the nature of our self-study practices in an elementary teacher education cohort called CITE (Community and Inquiry in Teacher Education). We argue that self-study is not only important to our continued work in CITE but also a critical feature of professional practice in general. Two general questions frame our analysis: (1...
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This article discusses two projects that were aimed at enhancing the opportunities for professional development of the participants through collaboration between classroom teachers and teacher educators. The two projects, the Australian Project for Enhancing Effective Learning (PEEL) and the Canadian Learning Strategies Group (LSG), focused on the...
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Thi sc hapter explores the notion of missing links in teacher education by examining concepts of community an di nquiry as they pertai nt o t he socia ld i mensions of ‘learning to teach.’ We know that whil et hese are popular notions i ne ducationa ld i scourse we believe their philosophica li mport has been undervalue di n designing teacher prepa...
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This paper argues that there has been academic amnesia in the field of self-study with respect to the intellectual heritage underlying self-study as a way of understanding teaching practice. From Aristotle to Dewey, the concept of practical inquiry or deliberation has been a recurrent theme. However Schwab's exploration of the role of the ‘practica...
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This article analyses the nature of learning in three long-term professional development approaches from different disciplines – teacher research as used in educational contexts, action learning as used in business contexts, and problem-based learning as used in medical contexts. The lens used for analysis focuses on three dimensions or influences...
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Understanding the relationship between teaching and learning is essential to an appreciation of self-study as a field of inquiry in its own right. The individual research trajectories in the fields of teaching and learning, particularly in recent years, illustrate su3cient common ground to support the contention that enhanced teaching practice is d...
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Résumé L’article propose un cadre conceptuel pour le renouvellement des pratiques de formation des enseignants, pratiques issues de l’intégration pédagogique des technologies de l’information et de la communication, elle-même orientée vers l’apprentissage en collaboration. Adoptant une perspective socioconstructiviste et une méthodologie d’expérime...
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Le but de cet article est de présenter une vision personnelle de l'évolution des cadres conceptuels qui se sont produits dans le champ des recherches sur la compréhension des élèves en sciences durant ces vingt dernières années et de spéculer sur leur évolution future. Le but de clarifier ces évolutions est d'autant plus important que ce champ mont...
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This article defines and examines a "community of inquiry" in a context of teachers' professional development. A five-year project involving teachers and university educators who meet regularly to discuss teaching and learning (the Learning Strategies Group) is documented and analyzed. This extended time frame allows for an examination of the chang...
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This study identified a number of conceptions of solubility elicited from grade 11 students in individual interviews. These conceptions were grouped into six categories related to the students' preferred explanations for solubility phenomena: (a) physical transformation from solid to liquid; (b) chemical transformation of solute; (c) density of sol...
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In this article we discuss the theoretical and practical rationale for establishing a collaborative science practicum project and report on the findings of the first two years. The project was designed to strengthen the communication links among the school‐based educators, the pre‐service teachers, and the university‐based educators, in order to ad...
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Examined the role of prior experiences as a possible factor in accounting for the observed gender differences in science achievement tests. A set of 23 multiple-choice items that displayed significant gender differences on a previous Canadian science assessment test were administered to 238 Grade 12 students. Eight male and 7 female students were s...
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Argues that the nature and meaning of collaborative relationships depend upon their particular, practical context. Describes an ongoing collaborative research project, the Students' Intuitions and Science Instruction Group (University of British Columbia), detailing its research agenda, postulates pertaining to teacher development, collaborative pr...
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This report discusses university physics students’ conceptualizations of sound. The data for this study comes from ten Canadian physics graduates enrolled in a teacher education programme. They participated in clinical interviews that consisted of a variety of demonstrations and experiments based upon situations representing both ‘everyday’ as well...
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This article reports the development and validation of an integrated model of performance on a chemical concept - volumetric analysis. From the chemical literature a path-analytic model of performance on volumetric analysis calculation was postulated based on studies utilizing the proportional reasoning schema of Piaget and the Cumulative learning...
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This article reports on a study of grade ten students' understanding, prior to formal instruction, of three vector concepts: position, displacement, and velocity. Three aspects of the study are discussed and reported. The first aspect is the conceptual analysis of the subject matter which was used to devise appropriate interview questions; the seco...
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Results are reported on clinical interviews with 32 children on the topic of inherited characteristics. Analysis of these data indicates that children as young as seven have definite ideas about the acquisition of inherited characteristics. It also suggests that many children, even up to the age of 13, believe that environmentally induced character...
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The 1978 British Columbia Science Assessment was part of the ongoing provincial learning assessment program. Science achievement tests were administered to almost all British Columbia public school students in Grades 4, 8, and 12. Questionnaires on various aspects of the teaching of science, including instructional practices, were completed by a sa...
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Abstract The purpose of this paper is to delineate the role of teachers/educators in networked classrooms. Firstly, we present how the teachers’ primary workplace is changing, moving from the traditional isolated to the networked classroom. Secondly, we point to how teachers and learners’ roles are shifting: a networked classroom calls upon the tea...

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