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ERIC Number: EJ930135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5804
Reflection through Discomfort: What Resistance Reveals when Communication Technologies Mediate Authentic Writing Mentorships
Nail, Allan; Townsend, Jane S.
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), v10 n4 p366-382 2010
Students entering teacher preparation programs often exhibit a desire to be shown the magic bullet of teaching practice. When they fail to be presented with recipes for success, or when the instruction they receive in methods classes does not match their own understanding of instructional methods and what they believe methods should be, they can feel a heightened level of discomfort. This paper describes the study of an Online Writing Partnership and examines participants' discomfort regarding the use of online communication technologies to facilitate mentor relationships with high school students in writing. Findings indicated that this discomfort can provide opportunities for reflection on and examination of beliefs about writing instruction, as well as on the nature of writing itself as a recursive process. Further, using online communication technologies to facilitate practicum experiences can enrich preservice teachers' understandings of and approaches to the complexities and challenges of teaching writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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