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ERIC Number: ED421135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 7
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Life on the Margins: Stories of Techguides.
Zhao, Yong; Rop, Sheri; Banghart, Rick; Hou, Kaijun; Topper, Andrew
Traditionally, in the intersection of technology and education, two distinct cultures have existed side by side: the "techies"--technologically sophisticated or enthusiastic experts, and the teachers--elementary through higher education. In an effort to bring the two separated cultures together to engineer a new culture and to support technology integration at a large teacher preparation institution, a group of nine graduate students were recruited to serve as Techguides. One of the primary responsibilities of the Techguides was to partner with teacher educators to help them integrate technology in their courses for preservice teachers. This paper reports on the preliminary results of this effort by looking at the development trajectory of four Techguides over a course of 3 months. Two themes that surface are the role of the room (i.e., the physical space in which the project was housed) in the development of the Techguide culture and the impact of this culture's interaction with the broader teacher education culture of the college. As the stories presented suggest, the four Techguides, with quite different backgrounds in technology and teaching, were able to interact with each other to construct a shared culture of teaching and learning with technology. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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