Using peer-led discussion strategy in a course of reading education news to extend teacher education students' perspectives in educational contexts

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Abstract

Educational news stories can provide teacher education students with the opportunities to understand educational contexts. However, teacher education students may be difficult to evaluate these stories in a realistic context due to a lack of sufficient educational experiences. If teacher education students have the opportunity to discuss the reported events of education news and to reflect on critical educational issues, they may uncover new understandings of education news stories. This study attempts to employ peer-led discussion strategy in a course of reading education news to extend teacher education students' perspectives in educational contexts. A total of 22 teacher education students enrolled in the course. In the course, a particular type of peer-led discussion strategy was designed for reading 12 pieces of education news. The statistical and interview technique were used to analyze the data on the Reading Perspective Record Form. The study concludes that the majority of teacher education students extended their perspectives on reported educational events by evaluating multiple perspectives during peer-led discussion. Importantly, the peer-led discussion strategy facilitated the students to develop strategic knowledge in relation to educational problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAsian Social Science
Volume10
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Aug 15

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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