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ERIC Number: EJ880563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 87
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
Virtual Schooling Standards and Best Practices for Teacher Education
Ferdig, Richard E.; Cavanaugh, Cathy; DiPietro, Meredith; Black, Erik W.; Dawson, Kara
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v17 n4 p479-503 Oct 2009
The number of students taking online courses in K-12 has increased exponentially since the inception of virtual schools in 1996. However, K-12 virtual schooling is a relatively new concept for those involved in teacher education. As teacher education departments build pre-service preparation programs, in-service professional development opportunities, and state-wide endorsements and certifications, they will need to do so with a firm grasp of existing standards and practices within the field. This paper describes several major attempts to form standards and best practices. In doing so, it also explores the research backing and the need for additional research to support such standards. The paper concludes with a discussion about the various roles future teachers might play in virtual school work and the associated standards that would guide their instruction. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; United Kingdom; United States