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Internet and List-Serves To Support the Student Teaching Semester

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This project used Internet technology to build community and reduce isolation during student teaching, improve communication and enhance supervision of student teachers, and encourage reflection. The project supported student teachers by establishing Internet communication between them and their supervisors. This involved providing Internet addresses for everyone involved and establishing six listservs. Each student teacher had to subscribe to and participate in at least one listserv. The listservs were primary school, elementary school, and middle school; music, physical education, art; high school; and professionalism. Some of the student teachers gladly seized upon the listservs, engaging in meaningful discussion and reflection with their peers and supervisors. Research is beginning to accumulate on the use of e-mail in a variety of settings, including teacher education. The research suggests that there is still a need for face-to-face interaction, and depersonalization is a risk of using the Internet, but it also has many advantages (e.g., a convenient means of professional exchange for student teachers and their mentors). (SM)


Johanson, R.P., Norland, D.L., Olson, E., Huth, L. & Bodensteiner, R. (1999). Internet and List-Serves To Support the Student Teaching Semester. Presented at American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Annual Meeting 1999. Retrieved June 20, 2019 from .

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