ERIC Number: ED485107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 17
Utilizing Multimedia PBL to Engage Pre-Service Teachers in Multi-Cultural Special Education Decision-Making
Kelly, Mary L.; Cullen, Theresa A.; Kim, Min-Joung
Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 27th, Chicago, IL, October 19-23, 2004
Pre-service teacher programs have a central goal of fostering skills necessary for students to become successful professional educators. This goal is often challenging because students typically do not have sufficient opportunities to gain realistic experiences before becoming teachers (Andrews, 2002). In addition, teaching is a complex, dynamic profession where challenges regularly occur which require teachers to incorporate new information, make decisions, and problem-solve on a regular basis (Howard, 2002; Jonassen & Hernandez-Serrano, 2002). This study researched the implementation of a multimedia PBL module, entitled Multicultural Special Education (MUSE), in a contextualized learning experience. The MUSE module was developed as part of the CASELINK series of multimedia PBL cases designed by researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara to train pre-service teachers to think about special education issues in a realistic, professional context (Gerber, English, & Singer, 1999). The main goal of the modules is to give pre-service teachers an opportunity to use information and interact with their peers in such a way that they become self-sufficient, life long learners that are able to adapt to new professional situations (Ochoa, Kelly, Stuart, & Rogers-Adkinson, 2004).
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Multimedia Instruction, Problem Based Learning, Special Education, Decision Making, Cultural Pluralism
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Washington, DC.