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ERIC Number: EJ946121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1696-2095
Pre-Service Teacher Reflections, Video-Conference and WebCT: An Exploratory Case Study
Melville, Wayne; Bowen, G. Michael; Passmore, Graham
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v9 n2 p799-822 2011
Introduction: The development of video-conference and WebCT technology offers new possibilities for the education of pre-service teachers; opportunities that are only just beginning to be touched on. In this exploratory article, we investigate the opportunities for reflection that technology afforded three pre-service teachers in Canada as they a taught five elementary mathematics lessons to a remote school from their faculty of education. Method: Three pre-service teachers taught a series of mathematics lessons in a remote school via video-conference technology. Between lessons the recordings were reviewed by the pre-service teachers who subsequently engaged in WebCT discussions amongst themselves and their instructor (the third author). These commentaries were analysed in terms of the pre-service teachers' level of reflectivity, as either "commonsense thinkers" or "alert novices". From this initial analysis, we then investigated three areas which the data suggests are important in assisting pre-service teachers to improve their capacities for reflection. Results: These three areas are: the biography of the pre-service teacher; the provision of content for pre-service teachers' reflections, and; the capacity of pre-service teachers to access the reflective opportunities afforded by the technologies. Conclusions: Based on our work, we believe that the increasing interest in utilizing video-conferencing technologies for pre-service teacher education calls for an understanding of these issues as a means for increasing the efficacy of that utilization. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada