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ERIC Number: EJ764472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0260-7476
The Creation of Virtual Communities in a Primary Initial Teacher Training Programme
Williams, Anne; Tanner, Doug; Jessop, Tansy
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v33 n1 p71-82 Feb 2007
This paper discusses some of the conditions that have facilitated the use of a customised virtual learning environment as part of a blended learning approach on a part-time postgraduate initial teacher training programme for prospective primary school teachers. It is based on data gathered as part of a study of the impact of e-learning on students following a part-time flexible postgraduate route to Qualified Teacher Status. It concludes that the success of these particular virtual communities can be attributed to the balance, on the programme, between face-to-face and e-learning together with the nature and structuring of the e-learning tasks; the focus on professional learning with the immediacy of its application in the work-place; its focus on independent and student-led interaction; and the motivation and personal circumstances of the students involved.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)