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Impact of eCoaching With Video-Based Reflection on Special Education Teacher Candidates’ Instructional Skills
Clinical experiences are a critical component of teacher preparation programs. Two technology-based approaches used during clinical experiences in special education teacher preparation that have shown promise are eCoaching and video-based reflection. When used in combination as a comprehensive intervention, eCoaching and video-based reflection may offer teacher candidates increased learning opportunities to promote improved fidelity of evidence-based practices. Thus, using a multiple-probe single-case research design, the authors examined the effect of eCoaching with video-based reflection on special education teacher candidates’ use and quality of target teacher strategies and on focus student responses. They found an increase in the use of target teacher strategies for two of three participants, and an increase in the quality of participants’ strategy implementation and students’ responses for all participants. Participants improved their ability to provide high-quality opportunities for choice making and open-ended responding with consistency. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Updated: Sep. 09, 2021
Reflecting on Others Before Reflecting on Self: Using Video Evidence to Guide Teacher Candidates’ Reflective Practices
A convergent parallel mixed methods study investigated the potential of one teacher preparation approach for promoting candidate reflection. Thirteen candidates participated in clinical field experiences and four corresponding seminar classes with guided video analysis activities. Candidates were systematically guided through focusing on others before focusing on self and explicitly learned about a reflection continuum using an instructional framework to build prerequisite skills and ultimately improve reflective abilities. Results of paired-sample t tests indicated candidates demonstrated significantly higher reflective ability scores over time as measured by a reflection checklist. Qualitative analysis of structured interviews revealed candidates felt activities were (a) a systematic approach to authentic growth, (b) a challenging approach to necessary self-confrontation, and (c) allowed for connections between self and other. Methodological triangulation was used to validate the findings. Implications for teacher preparation research and practice are discussed.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2020
The Effects of Guided Video Analysis on Teacher Candidates’ Reflective Ability and Instructional Skills
The goal of this study was to understand the effects of guiding teacher candidates through common video-recording and self-reflection activities during student teaching internships to determine whether such activities improve teacher candidates’ reflective abilities and instructional skills. Thirty-six teacher candidates with similar prior experience were divided into two groups. Both groups self-reported significant improvements in their teaching ability, but only the treatment group demonstrated significant growth in reflective ability and instructional skills over time.
Updated: May. 11, 2017
21st Century Change Drivers: Considerations for Constructing Transformative Models of Special Education Teacher Development
In this paper, the authors briefly address persistent and unresolved challenges. They identify contemporary change drivers, and discuss ways in which teacher education professionals could leverage the drivers to inform the development of 21st century models for special education teacher development aimed at improving outcomes for students with disabilities.
Updated: Jan. 30, 2017
Evaluating the Evidence Base of Performance Feedback in Preservice Special Education Teacher Training
In this study, the authors identify eight single-subject studies examining the effects of performance feedback in preservice teachers to determine the evidence base for this practice. Positive findings are shown across seven of the eight studies. Teacher-specific behaviors do improve after receiving performance feedback. However, the change in these behaviors was not consistent across all studies.
Updated: Jul. 20, 2014
In this evaluation, quality indicators were used to determine whether video analysis is an evidence-based practice for developing special education pre-service and in-service teachers. Significant findings supported video analysis across all seven studies, and the overall quality of the published research suggests video analysis is a promising practice.
Updated: Apr. 13, 2014