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Making the Most of Practical Experience in Teacher Education With Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
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, , University of Southern Queensland, Australia

IJET Volume 2, Number 4, ISSN 1077-9124 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Teacher-trainees (like trainee engineers and doctors or nurses) often encounter numerous incidents as part of their practical experience sessions which comprise learning opportunities. They have generally been found to be inadept at recognising the learning opportunities these incidents present and relating these to theoretical components of their study. They have to be helped to recognise the events which present them with learning opportunities and to relate these to theory. The study that is reported in this paper aimed to do just that. It sought to build a computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environment which utilised, in addition to the printed study materials, the capability of personal computers and the existing telephone communication systems to deliver subject matter content and the necessary interaction to learners in a networked environment using the principles of cooperative learning. Where most contemporary instructional systems take a passive view of the learning process, this CSCL environment sought to build an alternative model of learning and teaching utilising the principles of cooperative learning. Students' impressions of the use and value of this environment and its potentials for learning enhancement were collected with an online questionnaire. On the whole students found this learning and teaching environment to be more flexible and resourceful. Not only did it allow for asynchronous communication, it made available to students a larger pool of information in the form of exposure to the experiences of increased numbers of students. These attributes of the CSCL environment enabled a greater degree of meaningful interaction among learners and instructors on recognising learning opportunities and on relating practice to what was learned in class.

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Naidu, S. & Olsen, P. (1996). Making the Most of Practical Experience in Teacher Education With Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. International Journal of Educational Telecommunications, 2(4), 265-278. Charlottesville, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 18, 2019 from .

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