Authentic learning across international borders: a cross institutional online project for pre-service teachers

Redmond, Petrea and Lock, Jennifer V. (2009) Authentic learning across international borders: a cross institutional online project for pre-service teachers. In: Research highlights in technology and teacher education 2009. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE), Chesapeake, VA. United States, pp. 265-273. ISBN 9781880094747

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This paper reports on three iterations of a dynamic and authentic learning experience which involved a learning community of pre-service teachers, teachers and teacher educators from Queensland, Australia and Alberta, Canada. Participants in the online community inquired into real world teaching issues that are present in today’s diverse classrooms (e.g., ICT integration, second language learners, cyberbullying and students with special needs). Asynchronous discussions from the online learning experience were analysed to identify the nature and types of interactions pre-service teachers engaged in as they questioned, researched and interpreted a range of perspectives as part of the learning experience. From these meaningful conversations, they continued to build a rich understanding of teaching practice by drawing connections between theories, experiences and realities of teaching in contemporary contexts.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 31. Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Print copy held USQ Library 371.3307 Res.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2010 12:02
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 02:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: pre-service teachers; authentic learning; higher education research
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080503 Networking and Communications
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200103 International and Development Communication
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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