ERIC Number: EJ1130525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Pair Microteaching: An Unrealistic Pedagogy in Pre-Service Methodology Courses?
Yan, Chunmei; He, Chuanjun
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v43 n2 p206-218 2017
Despite its inherent nature of artificiality, microteaching has been widely used as a routine procedure in pre-service teacher education courses to apply theoretical knowledge and develop practical teaching competence. Its importance in the practice element of teacher education programmes has given rise to a considerable amount of attention to its potential in research. However, there has been little or no research on pair microteaching, which is exploited as a circumstantial compromise and innovation. This article reports on a small-scale study of the effect of pair microteaching on EFL (English as a foreign language) student teachers' professional learning. Triangulated sources of data were collected qualitatively to investigate a group of 30 student teachers' perspectives about their eight-week-long microteaching experience on an English language teaching methodology course. The results show a high level of endorsement of the experience despite the drawbacks of limited practice opportunity and artificiality of the experience. The article concludes that pair microteaching can be a feasible pedagogy in methodology courses that can be supplemented by other forms of direct and indirect school experiences.
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Microteaching, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Student Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Data Analysis, Satisfaction, Educational Benefits, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: China
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