Online learning community development with teachers as a means of enhancing initial teacher training

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Abstract

A purpose-built blend of teaching and learning activities was used with trainee teachers on a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course, and subsequently evaluated in a cyclical action research study, over a period of two years. The purpose of the blend was to engender the formation of a learning community, by giving them access to each other all through the course, in order to reduce the isolation often felt on school placement. The development of their social presence was encouraged by providing them with the social space in which to construct it. The findings indicate that this blend engendered the formation of a learning community through the creation of social presence and space that reduced isolation on placement for the trainee teachers. Positive voices from the research illustrate that trainees experienced an enhancement of their teacher training course through participation in the learning community. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Technology, Pedagogy & Education is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

Author-supplied keywords

  • COMMUNITY development
  • COMPUTER-assisted instruction
  • EDUCATION -- Research
  • INTERNET in education
  • LEARNING
  • TEACHERS & community
  • TEACHERS -- Training of
  • community
  • online learning
  • teacher training

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  • Alison Hramiak

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