Integrating Web-Based Technology with Action Research During Student Teaching: An Instructional Model

By Veronica Lopez-Estrada.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Research on best practices for teacher education has identified key elements to promote effective teaching that will maximize learning in students. Among them is the capability of teacher education programs to promote reflective thinking in teachers (Russel, 2000). One strategy for promoting such high level of thinking is the use of action research in teacher preparation. This research project used an action research approach to investigate the teaching of action research to teacher interns during full-time student teaching. As such, it represents a systematic look at educational practices used to teach undergraduates to engage in action research. The findings reveal that undergraduate students were able to learn the process of action research through instructional practices that presented the research process in steps, peer support through online discussions, and professor support through feedback on each component of the final project. A working model, emphasizing stages with feedback provided the means to maintain students with the task of systematically examining a problem of their concern for a sustained period of time (one semester). This model promoted deeper levels of reflectivity than is typically exhibited in undergraduate students.

Keywords: The Use of Action Research in Teacher Preparation, The Integration of Web-Based Tools to Promote Reflective Practice

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 7, pp.85-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 622.149KB).

Dr. Veronica Lopez-Estrada

Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, The University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas, USA

Dr. Veronica Lopez-Estrada is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at The University of Texas-Pan American. Her research interests include the use of action research and technology in teacher education, teacher induction, literacy and biliteracy development and models in education, and qualitative research.


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