CPRE Member Dr. Yvonne Hefner Presents Research at Georgia Educational Research Association Conference

CPRE Member Dr. Yvonne Hefner Presents Research at Georgia Educational Research Association Conference

In October 2016 CPRE affiliate Dr. Yvonne Hefner presented a paper, "Planned Reading Circles to Increase Preservice Special Education Teachers’ Content Knowledge," before the Georgia Educational Research Association.  Her presentation described the implementation of an appropriate and effective teaching method to help pre-service teacher candidates learn about major course topics. As a method of teaching course content Dr. Hefner implements reading circles and the use of the wiki to teach course content in a college course for pre-service special education teacher candidates. The reading circles offer a direct way to encourage reading of course content and, in turn, lead to a better understanding of course content. The wiki allows the students to construct, discuss, revise, and fine-tune their understandings and interpretations of assigned readings. Both the reading circle and the wiki emphasize collaboration through an ongoing process and, as such, complement each other in very powerful ways. This approach to teaching course content allows future teachers to not only increase their knowledge of course content but to develop an understanding of how the implementation of reading circles along with the wiki might be useful to them in their own classrooms. Dr. Hefner’s presentation offered participants information on how to implement this approach to teaching content in almost any college course. This is a research project in progress.  Watch the CPRE Research Hub for updates on her work.