TEIS Newsletter

Teacher Education Periodicals of Interest to TEIS Members (from Oct. 1994, Vol. 10, No. 1)

by User Not Found | 10/31/2011

If you are a teacher educator in ESOL but the only professional periodicals you read are those that deal with language, language learning and language teaching you could be missing out. While these journals may carry an occasional article dealing with the preparation of ESL/EFL teachers, they are not primarily devoted to issues, research, and developments in teacher education. For that kind of information, you must look elsewhere.

To make TEIS members more aware of the many professional periodicals devoted to teacher education, our booth at TESOL'94 featured a number of these publications. For those who missed this display, or who saw it but wanted more information about the periodicals it featured, I have prepared the following briefly annotated list of teacher education periodicals of interest to TEIS members.

  • The Teacher Education Interest Section Newsletter (which you are now reading and which you are probably already familiar with) is TESOL's only periodical devoted exclusively to the concerns of teacher educators. As the official TEIS communication organ, it keeps us up to date on interest section issues and events. It also carries information on teacher preparation programs and articles on substantive issues in teacher education. It is sent automatically to members of TESOL's Teacher Education Interest Section as one of their membership benefits.
  • The Teacher Trainer, published by Pilgrims Language Courses (8 Vernon Place, Canterbury, Kent CM 3HG, England), is billed as "a practical journal mainly for modern language teacher trainers. Now in volume eight, it is published three times a year and contains a variety of (mostly short, down-to-earth) articles on topics ranging from "training aids" to "teacher reflection processes." Subscription cost is E15.00 per year. (ISBN 0951-7626)
  • JET, the journal of Education for Teaching International Research and Pedagogy, carries a broad spectrum of articles dealing with teacher education in general. Titles in a recent issue (vol. 19, no. 1) included 'Me narrative anecdote in teacher education" (by M. G. Singh of Queensland, Australia), "Connecting genuine teacher development to the struggle for social justice (by K. M. Zeichner, Wisconsin, USA), and "Technical rationality and learning by reflecting on action in teacher education' (by I. Alarcao and A. Moreira, Portugal). Interestingly, this issue also featured an article on 'The pedagogy of pre-service TESOL teacher education" (by P. J. Dufficy, of New South Wales, Australia). Subscription information can be obtained from Carfax Publishing Company (P. 0. Box 25, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3UE, United Kingdom). (ISSN 0260-7476)
  • Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies is published by Pergamon Press (Headington Hill Hall, Oxford OX3 OBW, UK, or 660 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591-5153, USA). Subscription rates are high (US $280 or C182 per year), so you may want to get your library to subscribe to this one. The contents, however, are rewarding. Intriguing articles in a recent issue included "Professionalization in teaching and teacher education," "Reflective writing as a window on pre-service teachers' thought processes,' and "How do teachers understand research when they read it?" (ISSN 0742-051X)
  • The Journal of Teacher Education is "the journal of policy, practice, and research in teacher education" of the AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education). Now in its 44th year of publication, it carries articles dealing with the concerns of U.S.-based, public school teacher educators (the theme of a recent number was "National Goals and Teacher Education') but is not limited to such issues. Nor does it focus on any particular academic discipline or level. For instance, "Innovations in the teaching of history' and "How education deans rate the quality of teacher preparation for the middle grades" were two of the topics addressed in that issue
  • The ATE Newsletter is the bimonthly communication organ of the Association of Teacher Educators. It is another periodical dealing with teacher education issues in a variety of disciplines from a U.S.-based perspective. Articles in the 1993 issue I examined (vol. 26, no. 6) ranged from "Goals 2000: Some implications for teacher education" to "Searching the ERIC database to "Qualitative study of pre-service teachers' understanding of electricity." An annual subscription (available only as part of ATE membership) is $9.00. ATVs address is 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1502, USA. (ISSN 0001-2718)
  • The Teacher Education Quarterly is a publication of the California Council on the Education of Teachers. Now in its twenty-first year, it includes articles of relevance to TESOL teacher educators, such as a recent one on 'Mentoring new teachers: strategies, structures, and successes" or another on "The effectiveness of field experiences." The publisher is Caddo Gap Press (3145 Geary Boulevard, Suite 275, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA). Annual subscriptions run $40.00 for individuals. (ISSN 0737-5328)
  • Last but not least on this list is The Teacher Educator, the official journal of the Indiana Association of Teacher Educators, which is published by Ball State University Teachers College (TC 807, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana 47306, USA). Relatively inexpensive (the subscription rate is $10.00 a year), this small journal publishes a variety of articles on interesting topics. For example, the winter 1993 issue contained six substantive pieces with titles such as "Using video protocols to enhance teacher reflective thinking" and "A clinical supervision program prepares teachers to be effective change agents."

    Trying to read all the above teacher education journals, in addition to the language teaching journals you already receive, would be overwhelming. However, choosing one or two (whether you subscribe to them or find them in your library) and reading selectively from them could be a rewarding, professionally broadening experience. I recommend it to you.