Pedagogical Changes: Initiators, Causes, Dominant Factors – A Teacher's View

By Ditza Maskit.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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The aims of this research are to identify and investigate (a) the main initiators leading to pedagogical changes—i.e. changes regarding various teaching strategies concerning students, academic content, and the teacher’s educational orientation, (b) the major causes that stimulate pedagogical changes and, (c) the dominant factors involved during the processes of change. 432 teachers in primary schools, junior high schools, and high schools participated in the study. The major initiator (40%) leading to pedagogical changes was an internal initiator, the teaching staff cooperating with the school administration. The main cause (26.7%) stimulating pedagogical changes was "Students` development"; the dominant supporting factor involved during the processes of change being "Cooperation between Colleagues" (M=3.07, SD=1.16); and “Inadequate Budget” the dominant hindering factor (M=1.87, SD=0.99). The accumulated data raised important issues concerning teachers in the process of pedagogical changes.

Keywords: Educational Changes, Pedagogical Changes, Initiators Leading to Pedagogical Changes, Dominant Factors Involved During the Processes of Change

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.89-107. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 427.538KB).

Dr. Ditza Maskit

Head of the Research Unit at Gordon College, Gordon College of Education, Haifa, Israel

Ditza Maskit, born in Israel. Holds a Ph.D. in Education (Faculty of Education, Haifa University, Israel) and a Teaching Certificate (Department of Teaching, Haifa University). At present I am senior lecturer at Gordon College of Education, Haifa, Israel, and have been Head of the Research Unit at Gordon College for the past five years. I am the editor of the college academic journal "Study and Research in Teacher Training". Also the coordinator of the Professional Development Schools Network (PDS) for teacher education colleges in Israel at the MOFET Center for Research and Development Programs in teacher education colleges. My areas of research include educational change; teachers` professional development; teacher knowledge, teacher education, assessment and induction.