ERIC Number: ED475758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Expanding the Use of Collaborative Interactive Group Action Research through Distance Technology.
Saurino, Dan R.; Saurino, Penelope L.
This study used collaborative interactive group action research (CIGAR) to answer research questions about the use of video teleconferencing (VTEL) as a distance learning tool to enrich the preparation of preservice teachers. CIGAR, for the purposes of this study, is defined as a group of preservice teachers and university researchers actively working together to attempt to improve their practice. The research group for the study consisted of two groups of preservice elementary and secondary teachers and two university collaborators. Actions included learning and completing a cycle of CIGAR during normal student teaching through the use of distance technology, which included VTEL and e-mail and chat rooms. Through VTEL students were able to reflect on their own growth as teachers by comparing and contrasting their experiences with those of others in different cultures and locations who were involved in similar CIGAR projects. Overall, VTEL facilitated sharing of different viewpoints and teaching strategies and appeared to be an acceptable medium to expand the use of CIGAR to distance sites. (Contains 2 figures and 17 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).