A Window into the Classroom: Examining the Use of Virtual Classrooms in Teacher Education
Pamela Beach, Queen's University, Canada ; Rhonda Martinussen, Daniel Poliszczuk, Dale Willows, University of Toronto, Canada
CITE Journal Volume 18, Number 3, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
This exploratory study examined the perceived usefulness of “virtual classroom visits” in literacy education coursework and teacher preparation programs from the perspectives of elementary teacher candidates (TC) and teacher educators (TE). Virtual tour technology was used to capture 360-degree views of classrooms. Participants (N=10) had access to these virtual classrooms via a professional development website. After viewing four of the PreK-6 virtual classrooms participants were invited to a focus group or an interview where they described the potential use of virtual classroom visits in literacy education coursework. An inductive approach to analysis led to preliminary insights into the benefits and challenges of using virtual classrooms in teacher education programs and coursework. Findings suggest that virtual classroom visits have the potential to bridge the gap between what teacher candidates learn in their coursework and their field experiences. Virtual classroom visits can offer TCs with an additional window into exemplary classrooms and access to models of highly experienced teachers.
Beach, P., Martinussen, R., Poliszczuk, D. & Willows, D. (2018). A Window into the Classroom: Examining the Use of Virtual Classrooms in Teacher Education. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 18(3), 578-600. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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