Reaching Out to Rural Schools: University-Practitioner Linkage Through the Internet
Gary C. Alexander, University of Idaho, United States
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 11, Number 2, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
This article discusses the creation of a teacher as researcher learning environment in one small rural Idaho elementary school through the Internet. At the request of five elementary school teachers from the same rural school district, the researcher, a university professor, created an online course, "Teacher as Researcher," which provided instruction on both Action Research and Teacher as Researcher methodology. The researcher examined, analyzed, and described the learning process that took place among the teachers as novice online learners, between the teachers as teacher researchers, and the elements and processes that constituted their creation of a local learning community. The researcher met with the students at their request in real time (synchronous) for three consecutive days toward the end of the course to discuss the learning process that had transpired, answer questions, and bring closure to the teacher as researcher learning experience. The researcher views the Internet as a new medium for reaching out to rural schools who wish to minimize their limited learning opportunities and their sense of academic isolation.
Alexander, G.C. (2003). Reaching Out to Rural Schools: University-Practitioner Linkage Through the Internet. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 11(2), 321-330. Norfolk, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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