ERIC Number: ED444533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
The Effects of Fifth Dimension on Preservice Teacher Beliefs.
Greene, Melanie W.; Zimmerman, Sara Olin
This research report summarizes the results of a study conducted on a group of undergraduates enrolled in an introductory preservice teacher education course. In this study, participants were asked to respond to an open-ended instrument to determine their conceptions about teaching and learning before and after a field experience with public school children enrolled in the Fifth Dimension, a program that operates in school computer labs during the afterschool hours. The pretest/posttest question "What is learning?" addressed the following categories of learning: passive/receptive; active; active and social; active and passive (combination); combination and social; constructing knowledge; and social only. The pretest/posttest question "What is teaching?" addressed the following categories of teaching: telling/transmission; helping; sharing; strategies; making children understand; collaboration; zone of proximal development; and creating an environment. Findings indicate the beliefs of preservice teachers change as a result of working in this technology rich environment. (Contains 18 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference: Proceedings of SITE 2000 (11th, San Diego, California, February 8-12, 2000). Volumes 1-3; see IR 020 112.