Researcher: Melissa Stinnett
Council: Western Illinois Reading Council, CIRP
Categories: Methods, strategies for promoting literacy, professional development

This research involved taping myself doing demonstration teaching of four key reading comprehension strategies (Inferencing, Questioning, Predicting, and Summarizing) in front of second graders. These demonstration-teaching lessons were then converted to vodcasts-podcasts containing a video component. My undergraduate preservice teachers then put these vodcasts onto their I-pods and watched them in that format. As an additional task, the students were then asked to teach a similar lesson to their peers, using the information learned from the vodcast. Similar information was presented to new groups of students in undergraduate methods classes over three semesters. Afterward, the preservice teachers filled out questionnaires discussing the effectiveness of learning the information in this format compared to just receiving lectures in class (comparing the time to watch/listen to the vodcast vs. lectures in class). Students said that they learned better by watching the vodcast on their I-pods and said that they were much more motivated to learn the information knowing that they would be teaching a similar lesson to their own peers. They really liked that! The teaching of the peer-lessons really seemed to make a difference. For further information, contact Dr. Melissa Stinnett at: m-stinnett@wiu.edu