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A measurement of student teachers’ parent–teacher communication competences : the design of a video-based instrument

Karen De Coninck (UGent), Martin Valcke (UGent) and Ruben Vanderlinde (UGent)
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This study reports on the design of a video-based instrument to assess student teachers’ parent–teacher communication competences (PTCC) in a reliable and valid way. PTCC refer to the competences needed to communicate successfully with parents during conversations such as parent–teacher conferences. Taking into account both conceptual and methodological challenges regarding the measurement of competences, several methodological steps were followed to design a video-based instrument focusing on the assessment of student teachers’ perception, interpretation and decision-making skills (PID skills) regarding parent–teacher communication: designing video vignettes presenting realistic job situations regarding parent–teacher communication; developing instructions to elicit student teachers’ PID skills; designing a coding scheme to analyse student teachers’ responses; and implementing the instrument (n = 269) to test and refine it. This ultimately resulted in an instrument consisting of (1) three video vignettes, (2) a series of open-ended questions eliciting student teachers’ PID skills, and (3) three coding schemes to develop a perception score, an interpretation score and a decision-making score for PTCC. The (4) implementation of the instrument confirmed that this innovative video-based tool might be a promising approach to assess student teachers’ PTCC. To conclude, the quality and contribution of the measurement instrument and the implications for further research are discussed.
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Parent–teacher communication, video-based assessment, competences, perception, interpretation, and decision-making skills

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De Coninck, Karen, Martin Valcke, and Ruben Vanderlinde. 2018. “A Measurement of Student Teachers’ Parent–teacher Communication Competences : the Design of a Video-based Instrument.” Ed. Peter Gilroy. Journal of Education for Teaching 44 (3): 333–352.
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De Coninck, Karen, Valcke, M., & Vanderlinde, R. (2018). A measurement of student teachers’ parent–teacher communication competences : the design of a video-based instrument. (P. Gilroy, Ed.)JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING, 44(3), 333–352.
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De Coninck K, Valcke M, Vanderlinde R. A measurement of student teachers’ parent–teacher communication competences : the design of a video-based instrument. Gilroy P, editor. JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING. Informa UK Limited; 2018;44(3):333–52.
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De Coninck, Karen, Martin Valcke, and Ruben Vanderlinde. “A Measurement of Student Teachers’ Parent–teacher Communication Competences : the Design of a Video-based Instrument.” Ed. Peter Gilroy. JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING 44.3 (2018): 333–352. Print.
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  abstract     = {This study reports on the design of a video-based instrument to assess
student teachers{\textquoteright} parent--teacher communication competences (PTCC)
in a reliable and valid way. PTCC refer to the competences needed to
communicate successfully with parents during conversations such
as parent--teacher conferences. Taking into account both conceptual
and methodological challenges regarding the measurement of
competences, several methodological steps were followed to design
a video-based instrument focusing on the assessment of student
teachers{\textquoteright} perception, interpretation and decision-making skills (PID
skills) regarding parent--teacher communication: designing video
vignettes presenting realistic job situations regarding parent--teacher
communication; developing instructions to elicit student teachers{\textquoteright}
PID skills; designing a coding scheme to analyse student teachers{\textquoteright}
responses; and implementing the instrument (n = 269) to test and
refine it. This ultimately resulted in an instrument consisting of (1)
three video vignettes, (2) a series of open-ended questions eliciting
student teachers{\textquoteright} PID skills, and (3) three coding schemes to develop a
perception score, an interpretation score and a decision-making score
for PTCC. The (4) implementation of the instrument confirmed that this
innovative video-based tool might be a promising approach to assess
student teachers{\textquoteright} PTCC. To conclude, the quality and contribution of
the measurement instrument and the implications for further research
are discussed.},
  author       = {De Coninck, Karen and Valcke, Martin and Vanderlinde, Ruben},
  editor       = {Gilroy, Peter},
  issn         = {0260-7476},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING},
  keyword      = {Parent--teacher communication,video-based assessment,competences,perception,interpretation,and decision-making skills},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {333--352},
  publisher    = {Informa UK Limited},
  title        = {A measurement of student teachers{\textquoteright} parent--teacher communication competences : the design of a video-based instrument},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2018.1465656},
  volume       = {44},
  year         = {2018},
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