Student Teachers' use of on-line resources in the preparation for their practicum

Year: 2003

Author: Ferry, Douglas, Brunton, Kaye

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The increasing ease of internet access and the proliferation of web-based educational resources has provided New Zealand teachers with additional sources of materials for planning and teaching. Student teachers are exposed to Internet resources as part of their preservice education, both during courses and in school-based experiences. In the B.Ed (Teaching) programme at Wellington College of Education, student teachers are introduced, not only to the use of the internet in general, but also to specific New Zealand web-based curriculum resources. College lecturers report anecdotally that in student teachers’ planning there is evidence that web-based materials are being used.

This study was designed to investigate the level of third year student teacher use of webbased resources in the planning and preparation of their final school-based teaching experience. This experience requires them to plan, prepare and teach an on-going programme in a primary school classroom in the final two terms of their degree. Traditionally student teachers have sought resources from libraries and schools. All B.Ed (Teaching) student teachers have Internet access either through the College of Education, school or their own home. The study sought to answer the following questions in relationship to the final teaching experience:

How informed are student teachers about available Internet resources?
How do they locate suitable web-based resources?
How do they value web-based resources in comparison with other sources?
Which web sites are most used?
What use do they make of web-based resources?
How useful are the web sites to them?