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How collaboration improves preservice teachers’ reflection

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Although research has found that, in general, collaboration improves preservice teachers’ reflection, it has been also found that this effect largely depends on how collaboration is undertaken. However, the aspects of collaboration that promote the improvement of reflection are currently unclear. This paper explores this issue by means of a case study of collaborative reflection involving 14 preservice teachers and one teacher educator during five weekly sessions. We analyze the improvement of preservice teachers’ reflection, the organization of collaborative reflection, and the specific contingent interventions by the teacher educator. We find a change in the orientation of preservice teachers’ reflection, from looking for solutions to looking for explanation. This change seems to be related to a four-phase pattern of collaborative reflection, more dialogical in the initial phases and more monological in the last ones, and to specific contingent interventions by the teacher educator, more focused on promoting an orientation towards explanation in the first two sessions, and on fostering the improvement of the explanations provided by the preservice teachers in the last three sessions.

EARLI 2017 (Finlandia)

Simposium: Teachers’ reflection as a collaborative process
Interest group: SIG 11 - Teaching and Teacher Education
Chairperson: Marc Clarà (University of Lleida, Spain)
Discussant: Patrick Danaher (University of Southern Queensland, Australia).
Participants: Jornet Gil (University of Oslo, Norway), Gelfuso (University of Central Florida, United States), Mauri (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain), Clarà (University of Lleida, Spain), Colomina (Universitat de Barcelona, España), Onrubia (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain), Martinez (Universidad de Mondragon, Spain) y Cubero (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain) y Kelly (Queensland University of Technology, Australia).

Mauri, Clarà, Colomina, Onrubia, Martinez y Cubero presented the comunication “How collaboration improves preservice teachers’ reflection: A case study”. More information


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