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Pre-Service Teachers' Preconceptions, Misconceptions, and Concerns about Virtual Schooling

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Distance Education Volume 31, Number 1, ISSN 0158-7919


Over the last decade, online distance education has become a common mode of study in most states in the USA, where it is known as virtual schooling (VS), but many people have misconceptions about it. Pre-service teachers' personal histories as students and their preconceptions, misconceptions, and concerns influence pre-service teacher training experiences. A qualitative study of an introductory field experience course that included this new mode of schooling for the first time analyzed the personal journals and online discussion responses of 65 pre-service teachers in the USA. Analysis identified that common misconceptions and concerns included career threat, viability of VS, academic dishonesty, reduced interaction, teacher feedback, and lack of rigor. The curriculum innovations in this innovative teacher preparation program were shown to address these misconceptions and concerns and facilitate understanding and acceptance of VS as an alternative form of education by many of these pre-service teachers. (Contains 1 table.)


Compton, L., Davis, N. & Correia, A.P. (2010). Pre-Service Teachers' Preconceptions, Misconceptions, and Concerns about Virtual Schooling. Distance Education, 31(1), 37-54. Retrieved July 10, 2020 from .

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