Distance education in teacher preparation programs: A baseline for instructional decision making
Laura Frazier, William Sadera, Towson University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The rapid growth of distance education in higher education and K-12 classrooms is reminiscent of the rapid infusion of computer technology in the 1990s. At that time researchers quickly identified a need to understand how computers were being used in schools including types of use, frequency of use, availability for use, rationale for use and successful uses. That research naturally transitioned to studies on computer use in teacher preparation programs as these programs are the training ground to increase and improve usage in K-12 schools. Both of these strands of research provided a foundation for subsequent research on the barriers to technology integration and influenced instructional decision-making in teacher education programs and K-12 classrooms across the nation. This roundtable discussion will focus on the need for similar descriptive studies on distance education in teacher preparation focusing on the results of a pilot study for an anticipated nation-wide study on the topic.
Frazier, L. & Sadera, W. (2010). Distance education in teacher preparation programs: A baseline for instructional decision making. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 492-497). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).