ERIC Number: EJ823047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Reaching out to Rural Schools: University-Practitioner Linkage through the Internet
Alexander, Gary C.
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v11 n2 p321-330 2003
This article discusses the creation of a teacher as researcher learning environment in one small rural Idaho elementary school through the Internet. At the request of five elementary school teachers from the same rural school district, the researcher, a university professor, created an online course, "Teacher as Researcher," which provided instruction on both Action Research and Teacher as Researcher methodology. The researcher examined, analyzed, and described the learning process that took place among the teachers as novice online learners, between the teachers as teacher researchers, and the elements and processes that constituted their creation of a local learning community. The researcher met with the students at their request in real time (synchronous) for three consecutive days toward the end of the course to discuss the learning process that had transpired, answer questions, and bring closure to the teacher as researcher learning experience. The researcher views the Internet as a new medium for reaching out to rural schools who wish to minimize their limited learning opportunities and their sense of academic isolation.
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Action Research, Online Courses, Elementary School Teachers, Learning Experience, Internet, Teacher Researchers, Researchers, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Learning Processes, Computer Mediated Communication, Research Methodology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
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