Becoming a beginning teacher: an online mentoring experience for preservice physical and health educators

Doug Hearne, L Lockyer, Gregg Rowland, John Patterson

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A key feature of any professional education is opportunity for students to engage in meaningful practical learning experiences. In pre-service teacher education, the practicurn is a central component. However, due to increasing student numbers and limited resources in university and school sectors, the practicurn has undergone challenges in recent years. As a result, innovations to enhance the practical component of this professional degree have been sought.

This paper highlights the findings of one aspect of a larger study that used asynchronous Web-based communication tools to facilitate mentoring and peer support through the practice teaching experience. Analysis of qualitative data including interviews with participants and aspects of online discussion logs provide information as to the nature of the intervention as it contributed to the professional preparation for a group of final year physical and health education pre-service teachers who acted as mentors within the program.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationED-MEDIA 2004-world conference on educational multimedia, hypermedia & telecommunications
EditorsLorenzo Cantoni, Catherine McLoughlin
Place of PublicationLugano, Switzerland
PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781880094532
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventWorld Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (2004) - Lugano, Switzerland
Duration: 21 Jun 200426 Jun 2004


ConferenceWorld Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (2004)

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