Using video in teacher education

Rosella Santagata and Jody Guarino have written an interesting article about Using video to teach future teachers to learn from teaching. The article was recently published online in ZDMRosella, the main author of the article, used to work at LessonLab in Santa Monica (LessonLab closed in 2009), but now works at the University of California, Irvine. One of her particular areas of focus is to use technological tools (like video) to foster teacher learning, and she has written lots of articles about this. (See her publication list for more!)

In this particular article, they present results from the “Learning to Learn from Mathematics Teaching” project. The main focus in the article is on how they have used video in a particular course for pre-service teachers. The project is linked with lesson study, and it seems to build upon the previous studies (like the TIMSS Video Studies) that Santagata and her previous colleagues (like Jim Stigler and James Hiebert) at the LessonLab conducted some years ago. The “Lesson Analysis Framework” is presented and discussed in detail, and so is their use of videos to develop analytic skills with the teachers. So, if you want to learn more about the use of videos in teacher education, this is a great opportunity to learn from one of the masters in this field. And the article is Open Access too, so it should be freely available for everyone to read!!!