ERIC Number: ED461639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Oct-24
Using the Internet To Enhance Student Teaching and Field Experiences.
This paper describes how the Internet was used in one preservice teacher education program to enhance field experiences and student teaching. It examines how the professor helped cohorts of field students and student teachers to continue their rich discussions beyond seminars (via online discussions and message boards); how he was able to use challenges faced by specific students as clinical case studies for all students across the program; how the student teacher program was able to shift from large-group debriefings, where typically a minority of students participated, to a place where everyone shared; how he provided more timely feedback regarding students' reflective journals and spent more time observing and less time reading while supervising; and how he was able to use the experiences of the current field students and student teachers as exemplars that would be available to future field and student teachers. The paper concludes that student experiences in the field can be enhanced by using communications software on the Internet. (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 24-27, 2001).