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ERIC Number: EJ894804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Improving the Quality of Experience Journals: Training Educational Psychology Students in Basic Qualitative Methodology
Reynolds-Keefer, Laura
Teaching Educational Psychology, v6 n1 p20-32 Spr 2010
This study evaluates the impact of teaching basic qualitative methodology to preservice teachers enrolled in an educational psychology course in the quality of observation journals. Preservice teachers enrolled in an educational psychology course requiring 45 hr of field experience were given qualitative methodological training as a part of the course content after students in a prior semester had shown weak journaling skills. In the first semester, students received general guidance on creating an "observational journal" required as a part of the course. In the second semester, students received additional qualitative methodological training. Analysis and comparison of student journals from the two semesters revealed that preservice teachers who received instruction in qualitative methods demonstrated a higher level of analysis, insight, and application as measured by the journal rubric. Surveys at the end of the course indicated that qualitative training helped the students to reflect on the field experience and appreciate the applicability of the theoretical concepts presented in the course. (Contains 1 table.)
Teaching Educational Psychology Special Interest Group (TEP/SIG). Educational Foundations Department, Millersville University, P.O. Box 1002, 1 South George Street, Millersville, PA 17551. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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