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Scaffolded growth of knowledge using distributed collaborative learning tools in preservice teacher education

McDougall, Mathew Jon (2005) Scaffolded growth of knowledge using distributed collaborative learning tools in preservice teacher education. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

The Education Faculties within the universities are looking to meet the needs of their learners more completely. Teaching and learning strategies are being adopted to make educational provision more flexible by using computer supported collaborative learning environments. However, research has shown that in preservice teacher programs, many teachers do not have a complete knowledge of subject-matter or pedagogical content knowledge. This study investigated how a lesson-planning task within the context of a computer supported collaborative learning environment can facilitate the growth of teacher knowledge, specifically subject-matter knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge about the teaching of ratio and fraction. The findings from this research showed that using a lesson-planning task facilitated the development of teacher knowledge, specifically subject-matter knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. Within the computer supported collaborative learning community, the preservice teachers were able to articulate their current understandings and re-define their knowledge of fraction and ratio. The thesis concludes with a conceptual framework and some specific guidelines for the design of a scaffolded computer-mediated community and discusses implications for the design of future collaborative learning environments.

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ID Code: 16051
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Nason, Rodney& McRobbie, Campbell
Keywords: Lesson Planning Studies, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Preservice Teachers, Subject-matter Knowledge, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Ratio, Fraction
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Department: Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 13:55
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:08

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