R-NEST: Design-based research for technology-enhanced reflective practice in initial teacher education

  • Bonnie Thompson Long School of Education, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Tony Hall School of Education National University of Ireland, Galway
Keywords: Reflection, Technology, Initial Teacher Education

Abstract

This paper reports research into developing digital storytelling (DST) to enhance reflection within a specific professional learning context – that of a programme of teacher education - while concomitantly producing a transferrable design framework for adaption into other, similar post-secondary educational contexts. There has been limited substantive, evaluative design-based research investigating empirically the potential of digital storytelling for reflection in professional, post-secondary education. Consequently, there has also been a lack of robust and reusable models to guide and inform design-based research in this context. This paper illustrates the development of a repeated study, undertaken on a longitudinal basis, over 3 years, and on a large scale, involving 323 pre-service teachers. The design-based research developed at the three key stages along the triadic spectrum of maturity: from (1) analysis and exploration, through (2) design and construction, to (3) evaluation and reflection (Kopcha, Schmidt, & McKenney, 2015).The innovation reported here is now a mature intervention, constituting a core part of the professional educational formation of pre-service teachers within a two-year, graduate teacher education programme. Further, the R-NEST design framework, which emerged from this longitudinal design-based research, enumerates key criteria and principles for designing, implementing and evaluating DST to enhance reflective practice in post-secondary professional education.

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Author Biographies

Bonnie Thompson Long, School of Education, National University of Ireland, Galway
Education Technologist, Teacher Educator and Design-Based Researcher, School of Education, National University of Ireland, Galway
Tony Hall, School of Education National University of Ireland, Galway
Lecturer in Educational Technology, Teacher Educator and Design-Based Researcher, School of Education, National University of Ireland, Galway
Published
2015-11-19
How to Cite
Thompson Long, B., & Hall, T. (2015). R-NEST: Design-based research for technology-enhanced reflective practice in initial teacher education. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 31(5). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.2535