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BSCS Science Learning

Videocases for Sci. Teaching Analysis Plus: Efficacy of a Videocase-based, An...

NSF Awards: 1220635

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Adult learners

ViSTA Plus is part of a line of research demonstrating the effectiveness of a video-based analysis of practice program for elementary teachers. The ViSTA Plus program includes a semester-long analysis-of-practice methods course introducing preservice teachers to research-based teaching strategies and video-based lesson analysis. During the course they are prepared to participate in study groups that continue to meet synchronously online to analyze video generated during their student teaching and first year of teaching. To assess impact on teacher learning, teaching practice, and student learning, we studied the ViSTA Plus program in partnership with two universities. We compared the experiences of preservice through first-year teachers in the ViSTA Plus program with a comparable group of teachers who experienced the business-as-usual teacher education program at the same two universities, and went on to receive business-as-usual support during their first year of teaching within their respective school districts. This research begins to answer such questions as, How can teacher preparation programs be designed so that early career teachers attend to student thinking, enact coherent instruction, and engage students in rich inquiry and sense-making? The results of this study, especially its impact on beginning teachers’ practice and elementary students’ learning, contribute to the re-imagining of teacher education programs.

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