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Relying on Educational Technology to Train Minority-Language Teachers in Canada
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, University of Montreal, Canada ; , , Laurentian University, Canada

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Abstract

In Ontario, Canada’s largest province, there is a significant shortage of qualified French-speaking teachers. Moreover, although many schools employ some teachers who are not fully qualified, it would be unthinkable to remove them from the classroom for further training, given the lack of teachers. To cope with this challenge we launched a distance teacher training program. Early into the program, the candidates found that distance education was insufficient to help them meet the challenges of classroom teaching. After conducting interviews with our prospective teachers (n = 125), we realized that the theoretical content provided through the distance program needed to be complemented by classroom observations. However, this appeared to be impossible in the circumstances. In this paper, we highlight the findings of our study on the use of educational technologies to train minority-language teachers in Canada.

Citation

Karsenti, T., Lataille-Demore, D. & Demore, M. (2009). Relying on Educational Technology to Train Minority-Language Teachers in Canada. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1981-1986). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 19, 2019 from .

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