Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2006
Lead By Example: The Impact of Teleobservation on Social Studies Methods Courses
Katherine A. O’Connor
Amy J. Good
H. Carol Greene
East Carolina University
This teleobservation pilot study focuses on an innovative approach for the preparation of elementary social studies preservice teacher candidates through the use of interactive videoconferencing to provide observations of elementary classrooms. Preservice teacher candidates observed social studies lessons team-taught by regular classroom teachers and university professors in public school classrooms via videoconferencing equipment. Preservice teacher candidates remained on campus while another professor guided them through the social studies observation. Qualitative data were collected from preservice teacher candidates completing their social studies methods course through reflective summaries, KWL charts, and archived threaded discussions. The benefits and challenges of teleobservation are discussed along with implications and possibilities for future work. Specifically, the goals of this project included providing future social studies teachers with the following opportunities: 1) observe an elementary classroom in real-time; 2) discuss teaching as it is happening.
About the Author(s)…
Katherine A. O’Connor is an assistant professor at East Carolina University in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Katie is currently teaching social studies, gifted education, and action research courses. Her research interests include social studies, technology integration, teacher working conditions, and National Board Certification. Contact information: email@example.com, East Carolina University.
Amy J. Good is an assistant professor at East Carolina University in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and has more than thirteen years of experience in education. She is currently teaching social studies methods and classroom management courses at East Carolina University. Amy has achieved National Board Certification. Her research interests include social studies, technology, National Board Certification, and telecollaboration. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org, East Carolina University.
H. Carol Greene is an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Carol is currently teaching action research, K-6 curriculum and instruction, and educational psychology courses at East Carolina University. Her research interests include social studies, the role of technology in teacher preparation, and the impact of action research as a professional development opportunity. Contact information: email@example.com, East Carolina University.