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ERIC Number: ED334180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Patterns of Use of an Electronic Communication Network for Student Teachers and First Year Teachers.
Thompson, Ann D.; Hamilton, Julie
The professional isolation of educators, and particularly of new teachers, has long been a problem. A number of colleges and universities have attempted to address this problem by establishing computer networks that link experienced teachers in classrooms with beginning teachers. The College of Education at Iowa State University has established the Electronic Education Exchange, a pilot project designed to investigate the implementation of an electronic communication network for new teachers. Although getting the participants to use the system was an initial problem, specific motivation techniques facilitated the use of the system during the second half of the project. Data on use of the system suggested the following trends: student teachers communicated most frequently with other student teachers; private messages were used almost 10 times as frequently as public messages; both day and evening hours were popular times to use the system. In general, participants were positive about the experience and indicated an interest in using a similar system during their first year of teaching. Further research needs to address the specific uses of the system and the contributions of these experiences to the effectiveness of the classroom teacher. Four tables display the data; the tables are accompanied by explanations and discussion. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A