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

HRAMIAK, A. (2010). Online learning community development with teachers as a means of enhancing initial teacher training. Technology, pedagogy and education, 19 (1), 47-62.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14759390903579265
Link to published version:: 10.1080/14759390903579265

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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: online learning, community, teacher training
Identification Number: 10.1080/14759390903579265
Depositing User: Caroline Fixter
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2010 10:15
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2010 10:15
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2370

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