Exploring Pre-service Teachers' Conceptions of Culture Through Digital Storytelling PROCEEDINGS
Alison G. Reeves, Peter A. Theodore, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, United States ; Michael O. Afolayan, Illinois Board of Higher Education, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Helping pre-service teachers to be adequately prepared to meet the needs of increasing diversity in American society is a pressing concern of today's teacher preparation programs. Teacher candidates learn about multi-cultural education, culturally responsive teaching, and/or culturally responsive pedagogy, but understanding of the complex concept of culture cannot be assumed. In this study, we examine pre-service teachers' conceptions of culture through a qualitative, video analysis of these students' individual digital stories. This study is guided by two research questions: 1) How do pre-service teachers define and understand "culture?" and 2) What values and beliefs regarding culture do pre-service teachers bring toward their future teaching practice? An inductive analysis of student stories was conducted, resulting in several emic themes. Finally, we address how analysis of students' work can be used to strengthen teaching of the concept of culture to teacher candidates who will be teaching in increasingly diverse environments.
Reeves, A.G., Theodore, P.A. & Afolayan, M.O. (2010). Exploring Pre-service Teachers' Conceptions of Culture Through Digital Storytelling. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (pp. 1161-1164). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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