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Pathway: Using a State-of-the-Art Digital Video Database for Research and Development in Teacher Education Documents

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Pathway: Using a State-of-the-Art Digital Video Database for Research and Development in Teacher Education 

written by Brian W. Adrian, Dean A. Zollman, and Scott M. Stevens

To demonstrate how state-of-the-art video databases can address issues related to the lack of preparation of many physics teachers, we have created the prototype Physics Teaching Web Advisory (Pathway). Pathway's Synthetic Interviews and related video materials are beginning to provide pre-service and out-of-field in-service teachers with much-needed professional development and well-prepared teachers with new perspectives on teaching physics. The prototype was limited to a demonstration of the systems. Now, with an additional grant we will extend the system and conduct research and evaluation on its effectiveness. This project will provide virtual expert help on issues of pedagogy and content. In particular, the system will convey, by example and explanation, contemporary ideas about the teaching of physics and applications of physics education research. The research effort will focus on the value of contemporary technology to address the continuing education of teachers who are teaching in a field in which they have not been trained.

Published February 14, 2006
Last Modified July 9, 2013

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