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ERIC Number: EJ1001786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6434
Exploring the Bridge from Multimedia Cases to Classrooms: Evidence of Transfer
Fitzgerald, Gail; Mitchem, Katherine; Hollingsead, Candice; Miller, Kevin; Koury, Kevin; Tsai, Hui-Hsien
Journal of Special Education Technology, v26 n2 p23-38 2011
This article reports findings from a follow-up study of teacher education students who utilized multimedia cases in coursework in preparation for teaching students with emotional/behavioral disorders. The purpose of the study was to examine the extent to which knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained through multimedia case-based instruction were maintained following coursework with the cases and transferred to discussions of classroom practice. Research subjects included 16 students who agreed to participate in an online follow-up support group during the two semesters after their use of multimedia cases in their teacher education courses. The independent variable was testing condition (postinstruction versus follow-up Semester 1 versus follow up Semester 2). Dependent variables included the breadth of concept (nodes), the interconnectedness of concept (links), and the quality of content contained in concept maps completed at preinstruction, postinstruction, and two follow-up points in time. Results indicated that conceptual change occurred between preinstruction and the first follow-up phase, and these changes in conceptual knowledge were maintained during the follow-up period while participants were employed in schools. Qualitative data provide a rich understanding of the study findings by relating transfer of knowledge, skills, and attitudes to the prior case instruction and scaffolds embedded in the cases. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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