Improving Teacher Readiness through Tracking Field Experiences
Wu He, Tawnya Means, Guan Yu Lin, University of Missouri-Columbia, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The field experiences of pre-service teachers are considered to be critical in teacher preparation. Many universities use a paper-based approach in tracking student experiences. This type of system is both cumbersome and inefficient and provides no method for aggregating data. In order to address this challenge at the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Web-based tracking system was developed. The purpose is to provide students, host teachers, and instructors with tools to track time spent in the classroom, types of experiences, and the reflections of students. This will further the students' opportunities to learn from their active experiences in the classroom by reducing the paperwork needed for tracking the students' experiences, and provide instructors and program directors with access to aggregated data about the students' experiences.
He, W., Means, T. & Lin, G.Y. (2006). Improving Teacher Readiness through Tracking Field Experiences. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1597-1599). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).