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An Innovative Early Field Experience for Preservice Secondary Teachers: Early Results from Shifting to an Online Model

, , University of Delaware, United States ; , The Pennsylvania State University, United States ; , Michigan State University, United States

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 28, Number 2, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

The COVID-19-induced closure of K-12 schools significantly impacted the field experiences of students enrolled in teacher preparation programs. We addressed this ongoing challenge by adapting an early field experience model for secondary teachers that shifted online mid-semester. The University Teaching Experience model deploys a cohort of preservice secondary mathematics teachers to support instruction in an introductory university mathematics course. When the designated mathematics course moved online, the preservice teachers were able to continue their field experience by facilitating small-group discussions in virtual breakout rooms. To understand the perspectives of the stakeholders participating in the online field experience, we conducted semi-structured one-on-one interviews with the preservice teachers, the mathematics course instructor, and the university mathematics students involved in this setting. Early results indicated that the preservice teachers were highly valued by both the course instructor and the undergraduate mathematics students. Additionally, the preservice teachers appreciated the opportunity to continue their field experience, albeit in the more limited format. We present themes which emerged from preservice teacher interviews and share guidance for teacher preparation program faculty interested in trying an online early field experience while access to K-12 classrooms is limited.

Citation

Cirillo, M., LaRochelle, R., Arbaugh, F. & Bieda, K.N. (2020). An Innovative Early Field Experience for Preservice Secondary Teachers: Early Results from Shifting to an Online Model. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 28(2), 353-363. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved September 24, 2020 from .