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This study systematically tracked a group of 37 pre-service teachers' evolving beliefs about and perceptions of themselves and their experiences through the varied phases of their professional placements involving steadily increasing levels of professional responsibility. The results indicated that the pre-service teachers' beliefs about good teaching evolved from a belief in being in control through expertise to a belief in being in control through charisma and building relationship with their students.
Updated: May. 25, 2010
Fostering Online Social Construction of Science Knowledge with Primary Pre-service Teachers Working in Virtual Teams
The purpose of this study is to examine an online pedagogical activity that fosters the social construction of science knowledge by primary pre-service teachers working in small virtual teams. The study examined how the pre-service teachers collaborated online in virtual teams to complete set tasks. The study also examined their attitudes toward and beliefs about the effectiveness of the online learning experience, and the types and quality of the resources developed. The findings indicated positive attitudes toward the collaborative learning even though beliefs about online learning were mixed.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2010
This article explores the use of online technologies to extend the learning of a group of junior secondary school students after attending a Sun, Science, and Society camp. The participants in this research project were sixteen (6 females and 10 males) 13- to 15-year-old students who attended the 4-day camp. These students expressed interest in undertaking the online learning phase of the program for a period of 6 months after it. The article reports on how they engaged with the extended and open learning supported by online technologies.
Updated: May. 21, 2009