Unanticipated Findings: Gains by Cooperating Teachers via Video-Mediated Conferencing

From Section:
ICT & Teaching
Apr. 16, 2009
Spring 2009

Source: Journal of Computing in Teacher Education (JCTE), Volume 25, Number 3, Spring 2009.

The paper describes the transformations that took place as two veteran teachers grappled with the insertion of video-mediated videoconferencing (VMC) for practicums during an initial study that focused on teacher candidates. Through their stories, the following themes were identified: teacher as risk taker, VMC as a motivating device to promote student participation in learning, reassessment of teaching practices, and teacher change.
Findings indicate that (a) cooperating teachers need to strive for realism and not for perfection during demonstrations, (b) school-university partnerships can be fostered through 21st-century technologies, and (c) informed and supportive stakeholders within the school community can impact participation and learning from newly implemented VMC supervision techniques. Lessons learned can be helpful for teacher educators, K–12 administrators and teachers, and technology support personnel who desire to assist teachers in embedding supportive technologies for teacher education.

Updated: Jan. 17, 2017
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