Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-28-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This study took place within a teacher education program at a large Midwestern university with vast field observation placements around the state and world. In the first field experience of this program, preservice teachers study for 20 hours with nearby public school teachers. Here, students experience varying degrees of isolation from their instructors, cooperating teachers, and peers. Not surprisingly, many students are lonely and unsure of their responsibilities, while cooperating teachers only have a vague idea of what is expected of the visiting student. Fortunately, as Singletary and Anderson (1995) point out, there are a number of emerging computer conferencing technologies to support beginning and inexperienced teachers with specialized training and consultation.
Bonk, C.J. & Malikowski, S. (1998). A Case-Based Electronic Learning Environment for Pre-Service Teacher Education. In S. McNeil, J. Price, S. Boger-Mehall, B. Robin & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 1998--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1105-1109). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).