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Fictional Video Cases on Parent-Teacher Conversations: Authenticity in the Eyes of Teachers and Teacher Education Students

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TUM School of Education, Technical University of Munich, 80335 Munich, Germany
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University of Education Schwäbisch-Gmünd, 73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
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TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich, 80335 Munich, Germany
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TUM School of Medicine, Technical University of Munich, 80335 Munich, Germany
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Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(3), 63; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10030063
Received: 17 February 2020 / Revised: 4 March 2020 / Accepted: 5 March 2020 / Published: 7 March 2020
Video based instructional approaches have become very popular in teacher education. In this context, fictional video cases (FVCs) are a promising format because they can make discrete situations (e.g., parent–teacher conversations) accessible for learners. We critically discuss the concept of authenticity of FVCs with respect to their use for didactic purposes with student and in-service teachers. In an empirical study, we examine the authenticity of a specific pair of contrasting FVCs on teacher-parent communication (showing constructive vs. confrontative communication by the teacher). The FVCs were viewed by teachers and teacher-education students who rated the material regarding its authenticity. The results were that the authenticity of the two video versions was evaluated as “medium”, as was the authenticity of the characters. Moreover, the teachers evaluated the video cases as more authentic compared to the teacher education students. Given that existing studies show that the FVCs in focus here were successfully used in instructional contexts, we conclude that it is possible to create meaningful and effective didactic environments featuring FVCs with a medium level of authenticity. View Full-Text
Keywords: parent-teacher communication; fictional video cases; scripted videos; teacher education; instructional videos parent-teacher communication; fictional video cases; scripted videos; teacher education; instructional videos
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Deng, M.; Aich, G.; Bakaç, C.; Gartmeier, M. Fictional Video Cases on Parent-Teacher Conversations: Authenticity in the Eyes of Teachers and Teacher Education Students. Educ. Sci. 2020, 10, 63.

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