ERIC Number: EJ850078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
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Examining Elementary Preservice Teachers' Perspectives Concerning Curriculum Themes for Video Case Integration
Kurz, Terri L.; Batarelo, Ivana; Middleton, James A.
Educational Technology Research and Development, v57 n4 p461-485 Aug 2009
Video cases are becoming more and more prevalent throughout the United States to assist in the development and growth of preservice teachers' instruction. This research investigates the perspectives of preservice teachers and their naive understandings of the kinds of learning and assistance video cases can provide in their methodology courses. Personal Construct Theory was used to uncover participants' perceptions of their needs in terms of curriculum content of video cases. Hierarchical cluster analysis revealed six distinct clusters which serve as themes for discussing the early needs of preservice teachers and how video cases might be configured to address these perceived needs. Results reveal that preservice teachers' beliefs, though naive, do reflect the research on the actual needs of teachers in their first years of induction and support. Perhaps if preservice teachers' predilections are examined, this data can help guide the future implementation of video cases in their university courses.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Multivariate Analysis, Elementary School Teachers, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Protocol Materials, Methods Courses, Teacher Attitudes, Video Technology, Educational Needs, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Educational Technology
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