Source: Teacher Development, Volume 14, Issue 1, pages 15-27. (2010)
The current article describes an evaluation of a project in England.
The project used the internet to link a university teacher education faculty with local partner schools in which remotely operated Internet Protocol cameras and microphones were mounted in classrooms.
During sessions at the university, tutors were able to make use of contemporaneous examples of classroom activity to illustrate their teaching, providing demonstrations that contextualised the theoretical and decontextualised the practical, assisting student teachers in developing an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice at an early stage of their initial teacher preparation course.
Such systems have the potential to link university‐based teacher educators and school‐based practitioners in a number of ways and could play a part in the development of closer and perhaps more decentralised partnerships between schools and higher education institutions.