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Discussion of Controversial Issues in an Online Teacher Preparation Course
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, Bemidji State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, TX, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-27-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This paper presents strategies to support effective discussions of controversial issues within an online, asynchronous teacher preparation course. It is important to consider how best to present and discuss controversial issues within an online course and how these strategies may differ from a Face-to-Face setting. I focus on a specific teacher preparation course that I teach called Human Relations that includes topics that may generate a fair amount of controversy and emotional response. Utilizing a constructivist teaching approach, I present a number of strategies to effectively facilitate online controversial discussions that provide students the opportunity to participate in collegial, dialogic exchanges.

Citation

Pesek, J. (2017). Discussion of Controversial Issues in an Online Teacher Preparation Course. In P. Resta & S. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 280-282). Austin, TX, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 20, 2019 from .

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