Using authentic representations of practice in teacher education: Do direct instructional and problem-based approaches really produce different effects?

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  • Jürgen Schneider
  • Marc Kleinknecht
  • Thorsten Bohl
  • Sebastian Kuntze
  • Markus Rehm
  • Marcus Syring

This paper investigates the effects of different instructional approaches (problem-based vs. direct instructional) on student teachers' analysis of practice when using authentic representations of practice in teacher education. We assigned 638 student teachers from 21 equivalent teacher education courses to one of the two conditions. Students' analyses of practice were evaluated on selective attention, reflective thought, and theory-practice integrations in a pre-post-design. In line with inconsistent findings from prior research, we were able to produce evidence for equivalent effects of the instructional approaches on all dependent variables using Bayesian data analyses. As called for in a review on the topic, we additionally explored the role of the instructors administering the field study interventions. Findings revealed that a positive attitude toward the instructional approach the instructors administered was related to more theory-practice integrations in the students' analyses.

ZeitschriftPLoS ONE
Anzahl der Seiten19
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 02.09.2022

Bibliographische Notiz

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts of the state Baden-Württemberg, Germany The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

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© 2022 Schneider et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.