ERIC Number: ED331797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb-16
Reference Count: N/A
The Enhancement of Teacher Education through the Use of Communication Technology.
Durham, John Richard; Sunal, Dennis W.
The University of Alabama set up a communication network pilot program to enhance the early childhood and elementary methods block in the College of Education. The pilot program incorporated electronic mail (E-Mail), a fax machine, and a microcomputer communications network. The network made possible instructors' clarifications of assignments, transmission of student progress reports, assistance in planning and implementing lessons, and other communications related to field placements. Some of the objectives were to save travel time and costs and to see if there would be any effect on students' success. Four schools participated in the project: Two schools with appropriate technology served as experimental sites; one school was a restricted experimental site; and one school was a control site using traditional supervisory methods. Each participant was asked to keep a log of interactions with others on subject matter, type of communication used (telephone visit, fax, computer network, etc.), and comments about the result of the interaction. The logs, student evaluative essays, interviews, and the Microteaching Skills Rating System provided the data for the study. According to the data analysis, 75 percent of the professional contacts were via computer network, the control school had the fewest contacts per student, and most contacts concerned lesson planning and classroom activity. A similar communication network system associated with the College of Education at the University of Virginia, as well as networks in schools, are also discussed. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Alabama; University of Virginia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (71st, New Orleans, LA, February 16-20, 1991).