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Rethinking Clinical Experiences for Social Studies Teacher Education

, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States ; , Greensboro College, United States

CITE Journal Volume 16, Number 4, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA


Windows into Teaching and Learning (WiTL), developed to provide relevant and meaningful technology-mediated clinical experiences in an online social studies methods course, engaged participants in purposefully designed synchronous and asynchronous field experiences to address a lack of summer clinical teaching opportunities. Following a discussion of the challenges of providing clinical experiences, authors explore the outcomes of a study involving remote partnerships in learning between candidates enrolled in a distance education social studies methods course and mentor teachers employed in middle and secondary schools. Findings illustrated that WiTL exceeded expectations by opening unanticipated opportunities into the profession of teaching, both for candidates and teacher mentors who participated in the study. Participants’ provided rich descriptions of these experiences, as well as the potential within WiTL, as it progressed beyond being a substitute to a means of transforming observations in both distance education and teacher preparation programs in a traditional university setting. Implications for future research and the improvement of practice are discussed.


Heafner, T. & Plaisance, M. (2016). Rethinking Clinical Experiences for Social Studies Teacher Education. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 16(4), 452-494. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 21, 2017 from .