Video Analysis as a Reflective Tool: Providing Pre-Service Teachers a Gradual-Replay Lens on their Developing Practice

Video Analysis as a Reflective Tool: Providing Pre-Service Teachers a Gradual-Replay Lens on their Developing Practice

Pru Cuper (Keene State College, USA) and Dr. Yi Gong (Keene State College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-899-9.ch005
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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to present and explain the effects of a videotaping assessment instrument designed to help pre-service teachers hone specific aspects of their developing practice. In an educational era marked by emphasis on both quantitative assessment and reflective practice (sometimes considered conflicting targets), this instrument is particularly effective in providing quantitative data while simultaneously evoking gradual and productive self analysis in pre-service teachers. The authors begin with a discussion of the use of videotaping in pre-service teacher education over the years (the benefits and the drawbacks), before proceeding to discuss the merits of this particular assessment instrument as well as their thoughts on future revisions and research.
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Background

Teaching is arguably the most “human” of all professions. As such, it is riddled with the inevitable complexities that underlie human interactions and human growth. Because of this, mentoring and supervision of pre-service teachers has offered an invigorating challenge to teacher educators since public schooling became a governmental requirement in America close to a century ago. Teacher educator considerations include (but are not limited to): 1) the great range of natural abilities within the pre-service teacher ranks; 2) the array of areas and topics that perspective teachers need to know about and be able to teach; 3) the theory-to-practice debate . . . how much of a theoretical base is necessary and how do we (teacher educators) balance theory and practice? 4) the wide array of student needs that pre-service teachers will be required to accommodate and address. Needless to say, these are only the first round of considerations.

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