Emerging authenticity: The crafting of simulated parent-teacher candidate conferences

Benjamin H. Dotger, Steven Harris, Amber Hansel

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Schools of education struggle to provide future teachers with opportunities to engage in and practice parent-teacher conferences. This manuscript addresses the diffusion of a signature pedagogy from medical education to teacher education, specifically highlighting the design and implementation considerations surrounding simulated parent-teacher conferences. Focus group data center on the training of individuals to portray parents authentically during these simulated parent-teacher conferences. Pre-service teachers' interview data reflect on the authenticity of this new approach to novice teacher preparation. Implications center on the connections between medical and teacher education contexts and the further diffusion of this pedagogy to prepare future school leaders for complex social interactions with parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-349
Number of pages13
JournalTeaching Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Authenticity
  • Parent-teacher conference
  • Situated cognition
  • Standardized parent
  • Standardized patient

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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