Using Video for Teacher Reflection: Reading Clinics in Action

  • Erica BowersEmail author
  • Barbara Laster
  • Debra Gurvitz
  • Tammy Ryan
  • Jeanne Cobb
  • JoAnne Vazzano
Part of the Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices book series (STEP, volume 17)


The study reported in this chapter grew out of a decade of conversations among reading teacher educators about the use of video in facilitating teacher reflection and instructional improvement in university-based reading clinic courses. The data reported here were gathered from two university sites in the United States. Using a formative experiment methodology, we designed a study to better understand the ways in which reflective processes might be mediated by the use of video technology. The study had three phases of inquiry. We worked to develop a common reflection process and supportive protocols for use in our courses. We designed, trialed, and iteratively redesigned video reflection assignments and prompts, and we sought teacher feedback. We also examined teachers’ responses in course assignments as they reflected on their own teaching and learning. Our goal was to create a video assignment that would encourage teachers toward deeper, more thoughtful reflection. Our final development exercise was to design a set of criteria, a rubric of sorts that we could use in conjunction with the assignment prompts to help teachers self-reflect and to facilitate peer-to-peer and instructor feedback. While we discuss our experiences with factors that can impact the effective use of video-prompted reflection, our belief is that others will find our work useful and will be encouraged to use video as a way to foster teachers’ reflective thinking.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erica Bowers
    • 1
    Email author
  • Barbara Laster
    • 2
  • Debra Gurvitz
    • 3
  • Tammy Ryan
    • 4
  • Jeanne Cobb
    • 5
  • JoAnne Vazzano
    • 6
  1. 1.California State University FullertonFullertonUSA
  2. 2.Towson UniversityTowsonUSA
  3. 3.Independent Education ConsultantChicagoUSA
  4. 4.Jacksonville UniversityJacksonvilleUSA
  5. 5.Coastal Carolina UniversityConwayUSA
  6. 6.Northeastern Illinois UniversityChicagoUSA

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