Case-based Blended Learning Pedagogies for Pre-service Teachers: Building a Community of Practice in Higher Education Settings

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Principal Project Supervisors
Dr. Lee Tai Hoi Theodore
Research Fellow of APCLC,
The Education University of Hong Kong
Dr. Yuen Wai Kwan Gail
Assistant Professor,
The Education University of Hong Kong
Dr. Choi Taehee
Dr. Wang Zhihong
Dr. Chan Po Lin
Dr. Yang Min
Dr. Sin Wai Lam William
Funding Source
Teaching Development Grant
Project Duration

This project aims to (a) explore and examine innovative blended learning (BL) pedagogies that effectively integrate case-based learning (CBL) to enhance student engagement as well as professionalism and professional competence of pre-service teachers, and (b) build professional capacity of BL in higher education settings. This project is grounded in a continuous endeavor to address wide-ranging needs and issues related to teaching and learning of the Education Studies (ES) Core Courses of pre-service programmes. Initial effort has been made to develop contextualized case materials to facilitate course delivery. The next stage of inquiry is to investigate the use of these materials along with pedagogically sound BL strategies. Research on BL focuses mostly on student learning, having limited understanding of pedagogical practices for professional development. The project contributes to this aspect of scholarship by bringing together faculty members to try out case-based BL pedagogies, The collegial process of investigation enables the cultivation of a community of practice that is more open to the pedagogical possibilities brought forth by BL to strengthen the professional component of pre-service teacher education The project experience will be consolidated into a training package that guides faculty members to formulate their own desired path of BL.