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Using Computer-Mediated Communication to Create Virtual Communities of Practice for Intern Teachers
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, Covenant Theological Seminary, United States ; , , Vanderbilt University, United States

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 12, Number 3, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Over three years this study investigated the use of an asynchronous web-based conference to facilitate the reflective thinking of 35 intern teachers using a conceptual framework from the literature on teacher reflection, computer-mediated communication, and social cognition. Content analysis of the interns' online messages revealed significant between- groups differences, indicating that constructs identified in the framework could influence the development of reflective thinking online. Four themes emerged that appeared to shape the kinds of issues and the depth of thinking revealed: (a) clearly articulating purposes for discussions, (b) framing the kind of participation expected, (c) including both experienced and beginning teachers, and (d) establishing trust among participants that encouraged ownership. This study suggests that web-based conferences are sensitive to relatively light instructional and social pressures.

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Hough, B.W., Smithey, M.W. & Evertson, C.M. (2004). Using Computer-Mediated Communication to Create Virtual Communities of Practice for Intern Teachers. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 12(3), 361-386. Norfolk, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved December 10, 2019 from .

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