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CSSE 2009 - Teachers’ Preconceptions of Virtual Schooling: Challenging Myths & Misconceptions


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Barbour, M. K. & Unger, K. (2009, May). Teachers’ preconceptions of virtual schooling: Challenging myths & misconceptions. Paper presented at the annual Canadian Society for the Study of Education conference, Ottawa, ON.

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CSSE 2009 - Teachers’ Preconceptions of Virtual Schooling: Challenging Myths & Misconceptions

  1. 1. Michael Barbour Kelly UngerWayne State University
  2. 2.  Increasing enrollment  Little teacher education in virtual schooling or Michigan, New Mexico, online teaching and Alabama requiring learning pedagogy online experience (Smith, Clark &Blomeyer, 2005) Florida districts must provide students online learning opportunities
  3. 3.  Fall 2008 – Wayne State University - Internet in the Classroom. Final 5 – 6 Weeks of Course  Materials:  5 TEGIVS Scenarios  K-12 Online Learning Readings  Reflective Blogging Discussions 9 graduate students volunteered
  4. 4. “online courses would serve as a way offreedom for teachers…it gives teachers theability to design and deliver a course thatwill fit the students learning patterns andinterests”“Training burnt out teachers”“there would be a lot more work because ofthe setup and keeping track of students”
  5. 5. “in the K-12 setting offer[ed] morealternatives for students“it [was] a great way for students to get theeducation they so vitally need”
  6. 6. “I never ever hear anything at school aboutvirtual schooling. It is not mentioned inworkshops or at meetings. I doubt verymany teachers are even aware of itspossibilities. Or its existence”
  7. 7. “without well-trained, qualified teachers tofacilitate online instruction, virtualschooling will be ineffective as aneducational model”
  8. 8. Research Application Lack of knowledge  Refinement of current materials Teachers perceive benefits and challenges  Creation and evaluation of local materials Eager for more
  9. 9. Michael Barbour mkbarbour@gmail.com Kelly Unger