ERIC Number: ED459161
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Web-Based Teacher Education: Improving Communication and Professional Knowledge in Preservice and Inservice Teacher Training.
Smith, Karan B.; Shotsberger, Paul G.
This study examined changes in prospective teachers' concepts of what constituted effective teaching during a special sequence of senior-level mathematics methods courses that required them to utilize technology in novel ways. Senior-level secondary mathematics education majors used the World Wide Web for research, completing reading assignments, submitting observation forms, and communicating with each other and inservice teachers. Data collection involved interviews, concept maps, written assignments, and questionnaires (conducted three times during the school year). Data analysis examined the impact of Web use on preservice teacher beliefs and actions. Results indicated that appropriate use of the Web had a positive impact on preservice teachers' concepts of effective teaching and the role of technology in instruction. Initially, students were convinced of the importance of technology in mathematics education, though they differed in their familiarity and previous use of specific technologies. Over the course of the year, students gained knowledge about NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) standards and the role of technology in secondary mathematics education. They gained confidence in being technology leaders in their schools and became more aware of Web resources available to communicate with other teachers. They came to define effective teachers as having leadership, communication, and interpersonal relationship skills. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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