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ERIC Number: ED436130
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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The Instructional Technology Clinical Experience: Expectations and Realities.
Cennamo, Katherine S.; Holmes, Glen
This paper provides an overview of the IT (Instructional Technology) Clinical graduate course at Virginia Tech and compares the perceived reality of the Clinical experience, in terms of benefits and concerns, with students' initial expectations. The paper begins with a discussion of the IT Clinical plan, the sociology of the learning environment (e.g., situated learning, community of practice, intrinsic motivation, and cooperation), methods for developing expertise (e.g., modeling, coaching, scaffolding, reflection, articulation, and exploration), content knowledge necessary for expertise, and sequencing of learning activities. Data collection is then described: open-ended questionnaires were used to gather data from students enrolled in a professional development seminar (n=27) about expectations of the Clinical experience; quantitative and qualitative data were gathered from students in two IT Clinical courses after fourteen weeks (n=10), representing the reality of the Clinical experience. Expectations and realities are examined related to peer interactions, faculty interactions, client interactions, task scope, personal/professional resources, professional development, and personal development. Responses to open-ended questions are discussed and illustrated with student comments around two general themes--client relations, and the benefits of the experience within the context of the characteristics of a cognitive apprenticeship learning environment. It is concluded that an environment conducive to apprenticeship learning was successfully established. (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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