ERIC Number: EJ1133903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
The Affordances of Case-Based Teaching for the Professional Learning of Student-Teachers
Gravett, Sarah; de Beer, Josef; Odendaal-Kroon, Rika; Merseth, Katherine K.
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v49 n3 p369-390 2017
This paper reports on a qualitative enquiry into the affordances of case-based teaching for the professional learning of student-teachers. The context is a first-year foundational course in a four-year undergraduate teacher education programme, offered by an urban university in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a student enrolment of close to 700 students (divided into two groups of 350 students). Data sources used for this study were focus group interviews with student-teachers, individual interviews with teacher educators, video footage of classroom interaction, first-person reports by student-teachers in the form of reflective essays, student-teachers' discussions on blackboard and examination scripts. The research showed that case-based teaching elicits engaged learning; assists with developing understanding of the complexities of teaching and enables student-teachers to relate theory-based ideas to predicaments of practice. Furthermore, the research revealed how case-based teaching can provide insights into student-teachers' preconceptions of teaching. In this study, case-based teaching was used with large class groups. The findings suggest that case-based teaching, as used in the course reported on, could serve as an antidote for some of the issues that plague large course teaching.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Affordances, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Undergraduate Students, Introductory Courses, Urban Universities, Focus Groups, Semi Structured Interviews, Video Technology, Classroom Observation Techniques, Essays, Reflection, Classroom Communication, Outcomes of Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Theory Practice Relationship, Large Group Instruction, Learner Engagement, Student Teacher Attitudes, Educational Attitudes, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa (Johannesburg)
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