Using Blogs to Foster Inquiry, Collaboration, and Feedback in Pre-Service Teacher Education

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Rinke, Carol R.; Stebick, Divonna M.; Schaefer, Lauren; Gaffney, Michael Evan
educational assessment; education programs; online learning; blog; Curriculum and Instruction; Education; Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research; Educational Methods; Teacher Education and Professional Development
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This chapter presents a critical case study on the use of information technology in a pre-service teacher education program. The authors integrated Weblogs (blogs) into two constructivist-oriented teacher preparation courses with the goal of helping students learn to think like a teacher through enhanced inquiry, collaboration, and feedback. The authors found that, through the use of blogs, pre-service teaching candidates grew in their abilities to reflect on their own teaching and to provide constructive comments to peers. The authors’ experience also indicated that while instructor and peer feedback via blogs was valuable, it functioned best when paired with face-to-face meetings between the instructors and students. They discussed design principles for combining online and face-to-face environments and offer possibilities for the expanded use of blogs in pre-service teacher education.