Observing the Observer: Using the Cordtra Analysis With Preservice Teacher Video Observations in an Online Course
Abstract: This study took place in an online course for pre-service teachers and explored how video of a practicing teacher influences the “agency” of pre-service teachers’ understandings of culturally responsive methods and course content. While watching the video of a practicing teacher, pre-service teachers completed a video analysis by applying “tags,” identifying the methods and various course topics being simultaneously enacted. The study then applied the CORDTRA Analysis that provided a visual snapshot of what the observer observed. The adapted CORDTRA analysis showed differences between novice and experienced pre-service teachers in matching course topics to teacher competencies. Pre-service teachers identification of culturally responsive methods increased with each analysis. The CORDTRA analysis tool provides rich visualization of data for analysis of teaching and learning, but what I discovered is that it could also be used as a tool for teaching and learning.