ERIC Number: ED373744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Learning How To Teach: A Computer-Based System To Enhance Teacher Reflection.
Nelson, Wayne A.; Smith, Randall E.
Multimedia computer technology and modified case methodologies were used to encourage and facilitate the process of reflection by beginning teachers. A computer-based multimedia system was developed and tested that features prespecified cases for analysis, facilities for linking various aspects of one case to other cases, and capabilities for entering and linking new cases by individual students as a product of their classroom observation. Formative testing was conducted to describe student activities and to explore strategies for integrating the system into a teacher-education curriculum. The software developed for the project, "Chronicles of Teaching," allows users to enter descriptions of cases and incidents they have observed and to create hypermedia links to cases and descriptions in the database. Users must reflect on similarities and differences among their cases and other cases or theories in the database. The software has been integrated in foundations, general methodology, and methods courses at Southern Illinois University and in student teaching. Three figures illustrate software screens. (Contains 17 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Case Studies, Classroom Observation Techniques, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Development, Databases, Education Majors, Formative Evaluation, Higher Education, Hypermedia, Multimedia Instruction, Reflective Teaching, Student Teachers, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cognitive Flexibility; Multimedia Technology; Southern Illinois University
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1994 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (16th, Nashville, TN, February 16-20, 1994); see IR 016 784.