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Windows into Teaching and Learning [WiTL]: Exploring Online Clinicals for a Distance Education Social Studies Methods Course
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, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

A pilot project, Windows into Teaching and Learning (WiTL), was developed by researchers to provide relevant and meaningful technology-mediated clinicals for expanding online education programs. Participants engaged in synchronous and asynchronous field experiences that were purposefully designed to address deficits of summer content and licensure-based clinical experiences. This paper explores the outcomes of remote partnerships in learning between candidates enrolled in a distance education social studies methods course and mentor teachers employed in middle and secondary schools. Initial analyses of data collected through participant interviews, Wimba text transcriptions, archived mediated lessons, student work products, and focus groups indicate that from its inception WiTL has exceeded expectations by opening some unanticipated windows into the profession of teaching, both for the candidates and the teacher mentors who participated in the study.

Citation

Heafner, T.L. (2012). Windows into Teaching and Learning [WiTL]: Exploring Online Clinicals for a Distance Education Social Studies Methods Course. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4594-4615). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 30, 2020 from .

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