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ERIC Number: EJ782133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0889-0293
WebCT, PDS, and Democratic Spaces in Teacher Education
Merryfield, Merry M.
International Journal of Social Education, v21 n1 p73-94 Spr-Sum 2006
This article begins with an overview of how WebCT is used within a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) program in social studies and global education. WebCT is a class management system that allows instructors to choose from a variety of electronic technologies for a single course or integrate coursework across an entire academic program. In the M.Ed. program WebCT situates the interns within an online Professional Development School (PDS) Network of schools (half urban and half suburban) and practicing teachers as they take six field-based courses. Here, the author describes some of the components of the use of WebCT. Then, she discusses some of the outcomes from the use of WebCT and electronic pedagogy within the M.Ed. program. The outcomes are related to: (1) long-term online interaction of interns and practicing teachers within the PDS community; (2) interns' sustained reflections and self-study; and (3) other democratizing characteristics of electronic spaces. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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