Education

Impact of postgraduate training on communication skills teaching: a controlled study
Observation of performance followed by feedback is the key to good teaching of communication skills in clinical practice. The fact that it occurs rarely is probably due to clinical supervisors' perceived lack of competence to identify communication skills and give effective feedback. We evaluated the impact of a faculty development programme on communication skills teaching on clinical supervis...


Young Children Manifest Spiritualities in Their Hip-Hop Writing
In this article, the author combines multicultural feminist critical theories with the voices of Black and Latina/Latino young spiritual children to extend culturally responsive teaching. The author illuminates how children use their hip-hop writing to construct themselves as people who communicate with God, choose spiritual content for their hip-hop songs, and attest to God’s abilities t...
Confidence Intervals for Assessing Heterogeneity in Generalized Linear Mixed Models
Generalized linear mixed models are frequently applied to data with clustered categorical outcomes. The effect of clustering on the response is often difficult to practically assess partly because it is reported on a scale on which comparisons with regression parameters are difficult to make. This article proposes confidence intervals for estimating the heterogeneity due to clustering on a scal...


Controversy as a Developmental Tool in Cross Self-Confrontation Analysis
In Psychology, the issue of language usage as a means of action in psychological life requires thatwe question the relations between the forms of language expression and their psychologicalfunctions. The current paper contributes to an understanding of this question. The relationbetween form and function is examined here, with particular focus on a discursive and dialogicmethod employed in the ...
Activity Clinic and Affects in Workplace Conflicts: Transformation through transferential activity
This paper presents some reflections about an approach in work psychology: the Activity Clinic. After a brief introduction to the conceptual background of the “Activity Clinic”, it covers threedeeply interconnected themes. The first concerns the meaning attributed to the development of theaffects present in the work situation under analysis; the second discusses the reasons for theconflicts...


Pre-service Teachers’ Appropriation of Conceptual Tools
Teachers and teacher educators in the US struggle with conflicting needs. They must thinkcritically and adaptively in response to the rapidly changing demographics of their students andadjust to a policy climate that emphasizes standardization, measurement, and disregard forteachers as professionals. Embattled pre-service teacher education programs in institutions ofhigher education have tradit...
The Interplay of Developmental and Dialogical Epistemologies
The paper examines Developmental Work Research (DWR) –based interventions from theperspective of qualitative research. The motive comes from two directions. First, the DWR hasturned the scientific focus quite early toward trans- and interdisciplinary collaboration andmethodology. However, the approach has been recognized more through its intervention theoryand practice, and less as a particul...

Examining Developmental Dialogue: the Emergence of Transformative Agency
The intervention method of Developmental Dialogue, originally developed by Laura Mott (1992),has been further elaborated to promote employees’ professional development and well-being. Theaim of formative interventions is to enhance the agency of participants. There is particular interestin transformative agency, which is defined as participants’ capacity to take purposeful actions tochange ...
Developing a Tool for Cross-Functional Collaboration: the Trajectory of an Annual Clock
This empirical study examines how practitioners from the organizational functions of humanresources, occupational safety and occupational health services within a Finnish industrialorganization view the challenges that production supervisors face in their daily work. The articlepresents a formative intervention, which focuses on supervisors’ changing work and how theseorganizational support f...

An analysis of education inequality in China
This article analyzes both the current situation regarding education inequality in China, and its formation mechanisms. Policies promoting education have lead to remarkable progress in educational attainment, and also effectively decreased educational inequality. However, substantial inequalities in educational attainment remain, even though sustainable progress has been realized. Decomposition...
Is there a language-based social disadvantage in solving mathematical items?
In Germany, academic achievement at school depends primarily on students' socioeconomic status (SES). This contribution tries to find an explanation for this fact and adopts a sociolinguistic point of view: the language used at school contains specific speech variants that differ from the language experiences of low SES children. It is language skills – predominantly learned within families, ...

Education and the Demand for Emancipation
This paper puts forward the hypothesis that in recent decades, pupils of schools in the western world have been given a new form of individuality. This construction has been nourished by both the demand for emancipation as it was expressed in the critical sociology of education (and pedagogy) and by the neoliberal turn in education policy. It unfolds consequences of such an alliance between rom...
How do Finnish children express care and justice in comic strips and written narratives?
This case study explored how children’s moral expressions like love and violence differ according to the mode of narrative, comic strips or written narratives. Sixteen third-grade children from a primary school in Finland took part in the study. Children’s moral expressions were divided into justice and care. Reading frequency of fairy tales and linguistic and artistic abilities were also a...
Language teaching for European citizenship: insights for teacher education
A drive for the development of European citizenship (EC) through Modern Foreign Language (MFL) teaching has existed for some time within the academic literature as well as policy institutions. Nevertheless, the views of MFL teachers on the role of MFL in developing EC have rarely been given a voice. This article presents the findings of a study conducted in eight schools in four European countr...
Teacher Educator Identity Development of the Nontraditional Teacher Educator
The development of a professional teacher educator identity has implications for how one negotiates the duties of a teacher, scholar, and learner. The research on teacher educator identity in the USA has been largely conducted on traditional teacher educators, or those who have started their careers as public school teachers and then went on to the collegiate level as teacher educators. This au...