ERIC Number: ED330705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Use of LAN Technology To Enhance the Quality of Field Based Teacher Education Programs.
Sunal, Dennis W.; And Others
The adaptation and use of local area network (LAN) computer technology as an educational enhancement and as a social process in a university teacher education program were studied. The LAN technology, electronic bulletin board, and facsimile machines were used to enhance university supervised clinical settings for novice teachers in the public schools. Fifty-eight novice teachers (students in a teaching methods course) were grouped into one control group and two experimental groups in four teacher education field placement sites. All novice teachers were able to consult with faculty members by telephone or through visits; those at the experimental sites had access to electronic mail and facsimile equipment after training in its use. Subjects answered a survey, completed a journal, and wrote an essay to provide information about their communication with the teacher education faculty during their field experience. Interviews and observations provided additional data. Ease of contact, attitude toward use of technology in schools, types of message content, and frequency of communications increased for participants in experimental groups. It is suggested that LAN technology can effectively support field-oriented teacher education programs. Seven tables present study data. (SLD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).