ERIC Number: ED455764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
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Learning Science Concepts at a Distance in Preservice Teacher Education: Results of a Pilot Study.
Charnitski, Christina Wotell; Harvey, Francis A.
This paper report the findings of the first phase of a multi-phased research project that is aimed at examining preservice teachers' development of science concepts when learning: (1) takes place at a distance, and (2) is facilitated by videoconferencing technology. The study builds on the work that was done by Lansdown (Lansdown, Blackwood, and Brandwien, 1971) and validated at Boston College (Trainor, 1978) and at Harvard University (Harvey, 1980) that demonstrated the validity, effectiveness and evaluative power of an investigation/colloquium approach to students' development of science concepts in a face-to-face learning environment. The pilot study investigated the use of the investigation/colloquium approach (a series of student-directed explorations with hands-on materials followed by colloquium discussions facilitated by an adult leader) by ten students at two sites connected by videoconferencing technology. Results of the pilot study, analyzed using standard qualitative analysis procedures, indicated that Vygotskian group socio-cultural learning (particularly the development of science concepts) could take place effectively when the groups are in separate locations connected by videoconferencing technology. (Contains 24 references and 6 tables.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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