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ERIC Number: ED448875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
The Use of Open and Distance Learning in Pre-School Teacher Education. Report.
Lea, Martha
This research evaluated the use of open and distance learning in preschool teacher training in Norway, Scotland, and Iceland. A model of preschool teacher education was developed in which students received a 3-year educational program over 4 years while working as kindergarten assistants. The program operated through the collaboration of university and local authorities. Local study groups met once weekly in a regional study room. Four regional groups met six times yearly. The entire student group met six to seven times yearly for direct teaching at the college. Teaching methods used were written communication (computer, study letter, telefax), sound-picture communication (videos, sound tapes), and oral communication (telephone, central meetings). Evaluations were based on interviews with 27 teachers at 2 colleges in Norway, 10 teachers from 1 college in Scotland, and 12 teachers from 1 college in Iceland. Results were categorized in the following areas: (1) challenge of using different teaching methods in different subjects; (2) professional aspects of using distance learning, including the development of responsibility, reflection, problem-solving, and cooperation; (3) the teacher and student role; and (4) flexible teaching in ordinarily organized teacher education. The results indicated that the most important challenge was for teachers and students to bridge the distance between them. It was important for students and teachers to be confident in equipment use and for technical expertise to be readily available. Resulting recommendations for the program related to planning preservice preschool teacher education, the teacher's role or obligations, the cooperation between teachers and students, and professional development. (Contains 15 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iceland; Norway; United Kingdom (Scotland)