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ERIC Number: EJ1141726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0190-4922
Something Happened on the Way to Completing the edTPA: A Case Study of Teacher Candidates' Perceptions of the edTPA
Heil, Leila; Berg, Margaret H.
Contributions to Music Education, v42 p181-199 2017
This case study addresses a need for evidence of teacher candidates' perceptions of the edTPA. Data were collected via a focus group interview, a survey, and miscellaneous documents. Perceptions of the edTPA were informed by external influences including alumni experiences and internet resources. Perceived positive features of the edTPA included the edTPA structure, use of academic language, required reflection, and program-based support. Perceived negative aspects included standardized assessment features, lack of theory-based planning and ambiguous and redundant prompts. Student perceptions of edTPA features resulted in feelings of detachment from their cooperating teacher and students, abandonment from University faculty, a perceived loss of individuality and a focus on "teaching to the test." Disconnects in messaging between project expectations and program norms as well as perceived inorganic timing of implementation and disproportionate amount of time spent on the edTPA informed perceptions. EdTPA completion also resulted in professional preparation and heightened political and social consciousness about the status of education. Implications for music teacher education are presented.
Ohio Music Education Association. Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue MU332, Cleveland, OH 44115. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado (Boulder)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A