Learning to Teach: Web-based Interactive Rich-Media Technologies Supporting Cognitive Flexibility in Teacher Education
Chieu Vu Minh, Patricio Herbst, University of Michigan, School of Education, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Cognitive flexibility is the ability of human subjects to structure or restructure their own knowledge, in many different ways, in order to respond to a variety of situational demands. Cognitive flexibility is one of the important meta-cognitive strategies for teachers in their profession of teaching because the practice of teaching is very complex. The two main conditions fostering cognitive flexibility are multiple modes of learning and multiple perspectives on learning. Web-based and interactive rich-media technologies could provide significant help in implementing learning conditions for cognitive flexibility. In this paper, we illustrate how to use pedagogical principles of cognitive flexibility and web-based interactive rich-media technologies to devise an online "course" for prospective secondary mathematics teachers to learn about the demands placed on teaching by the activity of choosing the given conditions of a problem in the teaching of geometry.
Vu Minh, C. & Herbst, P. (2008). Learning to Teach: Web-based Interactive Rich-Media Technologies Supporting Cognitive Flexibility in Teacher Education. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4579-4586). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).