The knowledge-building oriented virtual practicum
Stephane Allaire, Therese Laferriere, Laval University, Canada
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
When preparing to do their student teaching in a knowledge building classroom student teachers must understand enough in advance of and during their time in such classrooms for their learning and for school learners to benefit. The "solution" put forward was to design virtual tours that show examples of these onsite and online environments (knowledge bases/databases) created by classroom- and course-based knowledge building communities. Campus-based and school based teacher educators used virtual tours to create virtual practica aiming at preparing student teachers to be functional in knowledge building classrooms (junior- and high-schools). Four cases are presented. It is its connection to classroom-based knowledge building communities that distinguishes a knowledge-building oriented virtual practicum from other forms of virtual practica. We suggest that a real connection to innovation can be established in a number of other fields that can take advantage of a better integration of theory and practice for professional development.
Allaire, S. & Laferriere, T. (2005). The knowledge-building oriented virtual practicum. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 800-804). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).