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ERIC Number: EJ860452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
Technology's Role in Field Experiences for Preservice Teacher Training
Hixon, Emily; So, Hyo-Jeong
Educational Technology & Society, v12 n4 p294-304 2009
The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive review of how technology has been used to enhance or replace field experiences in preservice teacher preparation programs, and discuss the benefits and limitations of traditional and technology-enhanced/virtual field experience approaches. In this paper, three types of technology-enhanced field experiences are discussed: Type I--concrete, direct experience in reality; Type II--vicarious, indirect experience with reality; and Type III--abstract, experience with model of reality. Five specific benefits of technology use in field experiences are identified, namely a) exposure to various teaching/learning environments, b) creation of shared experiences, c) promoting reflectivity, d) preparing students cognitively, and e) learning about technology integration. Several limitations of technology-integrated field experiences are also discussed, including (a) lack of interaction with teachers and students, (b) limited reality and complexity, (c) availability of relevant cases, and (d) technical problems. In conclusion, it is suggested that the overall goals and objectives for a specific field experience must be the focus when field experience options are being explored. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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