ERIC Number: ED453205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Online Tutoring: Networking Preservice Teachers and K-12 Students.
Bryde, Beverly R.
This study compared the attitudes of preservice teachers toward using online tutoring versus face-to-face tutoring with K-12 students. California Lutheran University (CLU) developed a service learning, tutoring project within the teacher preparation foundations of education course in the summer of 2000. The CLU school of education purchased an Internet video-conferencing system, Clearphone, to provide student teachers with the capability to connect with their K-12 magnet schools in real time. Clearphone partnered with Educationtalk.com, a Web-based educational service, to develop the concept of online tutoring for K-12 students. A group of 16 preservice teachers participated in the service learning project, with 6 using online and face-to-face tutoring, 6 using online tutoring only, and 4 using face-to-face only. All 16 participants completed pre- and post- intervention surveys on their attitudes toward online and face-to-face tutoring. Data analysis indicated that there were no significant differences among the groups regarding attitudes and feelings of success. Participants were comfortable with both types of tutoring. Comfort levels and attitudes toward both types of tutoring increased after participation in the project. Strong relationships were established through the online tutoring. (Contains 13 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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