Teacher educators’ strategies for using pre-service teacher-authored stories in teacher education

Lucy Anders, Gillian Kidman, Stephen Keast

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    Cases have long been used in teacher education to provide examples of teaching to broaden the experience of pre-service teachers (PSTs). These cases are often written as exemplars by experienced teachers to pass on their wisdom, which can lead to a perceived gap of ability between the author and the pre-service readers. To combat this one could champion peer voice through the use of PST-authored stories. This study sought to investigate the ways that PST-authored stories may be used in teacher education, as it is not enough to simply prescribe a number of cases in a reading list and hope that PSTs will read them. This paper reports on the responses of two expert Science teacher educators who were
    part of a larger study that explored the uses of PST-authored stories. Interviews revealed key conversation points, with a half being common to both teacher educators. The responses from the teacher educators were classified into ‘how’ responses that gave strategies for ‘how’ the PST-authored stories could be
    used, and ‘why’ responses that outlined the reasoning of the teacher educators, with the ‘why’ responses being more frequent.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConexão Ciência
    EditorsGillian Kidman
    Place of PublicationFormiga Brazil
    PublisherCentro Universitário de Formiga
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2017
    EventInternational Organization for Science and Technology Education International Symposium 2016 - Institute of Education of UM, Braga, Portugal
    Duration: 11 Jul 201616 Jul 2016
    Conference number: XVII

    Publication series

    NameConexão Ciência
    PublisherCentro Universitário de Formiga
    ISSN (Print)1980-7058


    ConferenceInternational Organization for Science and Technology Education International Symposium 2016
    Abbreviated titleIOSTE International Symposium 2016
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    • Peer voice
    • case-based learning
    • science pre-service teachers
    • peer-authored cases

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