Understanding video as a tool for teacher education: Investigating instructional strategies to promote reflection

Geraldine Blomberg*, Miriam Gamoran Sherin, Alexander Renkl, Inga Glogger, Tina Seidel

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There is a general consensus among researchers and teacher educators that classroom video can be a valuable tool for pre-service teacher education. Media such as video are not, however, in themselves effective. They have to be embedded in an instructional program to be useful. Yet, little empirical research examines how specific instructional approaches might effectively exploit the potential of video in teacher education. In this study we explored the use of two video-based university courses, one representing a cognitive instructional strategy integrating video, the other representing a situative strategy. Using data from learning journals we analyzed the effects of the two strategies on pre-service teachers' (N = 28) ability to reflect on classroom video. We found that the two strategies have distinct impacts on the kinds of reflection patterns that are fostered. Our findings suggest that the learning goal and purpose at hand should determine which instructional strategy should be employed when embedding classroom video into teacher education courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-463
Number of pages21
JournalInstructional Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2014


  • Classroom video
  • Instructional design
  • Learning journals
  • Reflection skills
  • Teacher education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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