Using Global Learning to Enhance the Preparation of Elementary Teachers in the Teaching of Mathematics and Science: What We Learned

Gibson, Kay, Alagic, Mara, Haack, Connie, Watters, James J., & Rogers, Geoffrey A. (2003) Using Global Learning to Enhance the Preparation of Elementary Teachers in the Teaching of Mathematics and Science: What We Learned. In of the World Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education 14, 1433-1436, March 24th 29th, Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Structured reflections and metacognitive thinking of elementary teacher education students provide powerful opportunities for students’ self-efficacy growth, and the development of both mathematics and science related pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). Guided student-instructor reflections were already a part of an integrated mathematics and science methods class for preservice elementary teachers. A global learning dimension was added to further develop the reflective practice through cross-cultural discussions between students, as well as faculty, with their counterparts at a collaborating overseas university. The discussions were conducted using e-mail and were guided by a series of questions upon which students were to reflect with their 'e-mate’. The pilot of this project revealed problems with the establishment of dependable communication between the students. It also revealed the need for a more structured communication process, more guidance for students in online etiquette, and reconsideration of how students would be assessed for global learning activities.

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ID Code: 1687
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: global learning, electronic forums, discussion forums, science education, elementary education, preservice education
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:00

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