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1 The TEG resource: initial evaluation and possible / emerging pedagogic strategies for its use as a capacity building resource The TEG Group: Anne Campbell, Ian Hextall, Moira Hulme, Marion Jones, Pat Mahony, Ian Menter, Jean Murray, Richard Procter and Karl Wall, in collaboration with Steve Baron, Mary James and Andrew Pollard T eacher E ducation G roup ESCalate 2009

2 Should be embedded in existing research on teacher education in the varying contexts of the UK Commitment to building new researchers knowledge and understanding of the field and of the implications of the research already undertaken An example of what Rees et al (2007:776) term (a) starting point for developing new and perhaps more imaginative strategies for research-capacity building TEG A resource for: teacher educators and teachers in training and undergoing continuing professional development, broadly defined and conceived TEGs underlying principles

3 To construct a literature mapping To draw on this mapping to analyse what it revealed about existing research activities in the field To develop a series of walkthroughs to be placed on the TLRP website and to serve as a pedagogical tool for new researchers TEG Objectives of the initial research activities set within a broad framework

4 TEG Limited funding Limited time Funding for two field researchers Expenses through TLRP TEG team: time and expertise gratis Meetings focused on: - developing an underlying model for the data base - what it would address - how it would be bounded - how information might be structured and categorised bearing in mind the range of potential users Issues and constraints

5 TEG When the resource is opened the user sees…

6 Online search - using various filters e.g. core categories and core methods Downloadable citation lists organised by author, journal and year Direct links to resources via thematic walkthroughs related to core categories The TEG annotated bibliography was launched at three meetings in 2008: February (Glasgow); March (Roehampton); May (Liverpool John Moores) Presented at AERA,BERA,ECER 2008 /2009 Updated to include items published in 2007 and 2008. TEG TEG Resources available via three routes:

7 TEG The Walkthrough Purpose: To facilitate a journey of exploration which may result in the acquisition of knowledge and skills in research Aims: - to provide a stimulus for those wishing to find out about or study or research a particular topic and - to provide connections to a selection of relevant key literature, web resources and examples of policy, projects and practice through jump out links, including the TEG resource itself and the TLRP resources and capacity building materials A pedagogical tool for building capacity in research

8 TEG The Walkthrough – an EXAMPLE Offers an introductoryoverview and a way into the issue Gives Starter links to key resources

9 TEG Vignette1 The fact that it accesses so many relevant journal entries, all of which have been pre-reviewed. A great time saver when carrying out in-depth research. Additionally, the categorisation should be really useful to both staff and students for focusing in on specific issues. TE- researcher as teacher Time saver First sweep of literature Detailed search of literature Use of search categories to narrow focus Staff...and students

10 TEG Vignette 2 Its an extremely useful resource for academic colleagues engaged in teacher education working in HEI and as school based mentors TE-researcher as cross institutional link Action research contexts In using current literature to develop Mentor understanding Of the mentor role In understanding links between settings In relation to informing working practice with mentors

11 TEG Vignette 3 Its an extremely useful resource for academic colleagues engaged in teacher education working in HEI and as school based mentors School based mentors Sources for students being supervised Current literature Research informing the mentor role Reflections on practice Mentors as researchers

12 TEG Vignette 4 Access to literature distinctly concerning issues and methodology aligned to teacher educative research methods. TE-researcher as researcher Student teacher as researcher to be Methods-results-analysis process Preparing for research activity Exploring methodologies Exploring methods In a teacher educative context

13 TEG Vignette 5 Access to literature distinctly concerning issues and methodology aligned to teacher educative research methods. TE-researcher Student teacher as researcher to be Exploring how methods are used and why? Looking at the range of research around a specific issue / topic / method Exploring the nature of evidence in relation to practice Comparing accounts to be critical In a specific educative context

14 Professional learning Partnership Regulatory frameworks/policy Curriculum and assessment TE professional development National context Equity issues Ethical issues TEG Core topics

15 TEG Qualitative Quantitative Mixed Practice-based Interviews Questionnaire Longitudinal Survey Small-scale Large-scale Reflection Political economy Case study Action research Literature review Content analysis Quasi-experimental Core Methods

16 TEG Feedback…cons… It does not look at subject specific areas and therefore would be limited with current students if they wanted to investigate subjects taught in school Shame about the UK limitations; in some contexts there are also problems using it off-site by teachers/students because of restrictions on access There is a need for detailed guidance re. searching the resource. Although it is easy to use it does need an explanatory guide to begin with.

17 TEG Piloting of evaluation approaches Questionnaires Email list contacts e.g. BERA members Cited author lists Use in projects (e.g. TERN) Pedagogic and analytical resources Bounding Statement Video talk throughs TEG User Tools (TUTs) Funding ? Developments

18 TEG TEG User Tools (TUTs) – pedagogic tools (1) Planning a search: Identifying key terms Developing a search strategy Single term Combined terms Free word (2) What is an abstract? Components and purpose Reading an abstract. (3) Using the TEG Bibliography Search options: Author Journal Year Theme Method Free word Extension Pedagogic and analytical resources

19 TEG TEG User Tools (TUTs) – analytical tools: looking for patterns In development (1) Capturing abstracts (2) Analysing a single abstract (3) Analysing a suite of abstracts (group of three) (4) Analysing across examples within a theme or method: (5) Analysing over time within a theme or method: (6) Analysing examples longitudinally (across 2000-2008) Pedagogic and analytical resources

20 TEG Conclusion In this paper we have sought to: Give a brief background to the updated TEG Bibliography Comment on the pilot evaluation strategies deployed so far Use vignettes to raise issues about how the resource might be used by different types of users To indicate some future pedagogic and analytical developments in the form of TEG User Tools (TUTs)


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