Teacher Educators and the New Technologies: Maximizing Theory-Practice Connections Made by Pre-Service Teachers in a Practicum

By Joanne Kingsley.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Changing technological tools offer pre-service teachers opportunities to engage in knowledge building; however, new ways do not necessarily result in high quality learning. Additionally, the use of such tools requires that teacher educators possess knowledge and understanding of these technologies. This paper describes a study of the process through which a teacher educator refined the design of electronic forum assignments which required students to participate in an asynchronous dialogue over a period of time while engaged in their practicum experience. The refinements were intended to maximize the possibility of deepening the theory-practice connections made by pre-service teachers in a practicum. The paper focuses on an 12 month period during which the teacher educator began by drawing on current research in online learning communities and teacher education. It examines factors that influenced the series of refinements that were made in two different courses, including pre-service teachers’ perceptions of the impact of their participation in the forum on their learning.

Keywords: E-learning, Teacher Education, Theory-Practice Connections

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 11, pp.387-398. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.270MB).

Dr. Joanne Kingsley

Associate Professor, Education, Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

Joanne Kingsley is an associate professor in The School of Education at Bishop’s University. She has been working in the field of education for over thirty years, first as a teacher in public schools and more recently as a teacher educator. Her research has been focused on literacy practices in elementary schools and in preschool programs. She worked as a consultant in professional development facilitating the implementation of a reformed curriculum in the province of Quebec and now focuses on preparing pre-service teachers for the challenges of the 21st century.

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