The College of Education at the University of Illinois has developed a model for improving teacher education called Teaching Teleapprenticeships. Using this model, teacher education students and practicing teachers learn about teaching and learning by participating in electronic network-based activities with K-12 students, teachers and administrators and university-based teacher educators.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided funds to implement and evaluate the Teaching Teleapprenticeships model to improve the preparation of science and mathematics teachers. To support this model student teachers and practicing classroom teachers will have access to laptop computers and advanced communication software for use in widely diverse K-12 science and mathematics settings.
The Teaching Teleapprenticeships model extends the face-to-face apprenticeships traditionally used in student teacher settings by making electronic networks available to provide a more powerful context for learning in preservice and inservice education. Additionally, this model helps to establish stronger links between teacher education programs and classroom teaching practice.
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