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Online mentoring and peer support: using learning technologies to facilitate entry into a community of practice
Faculty of Education - Papers (Archive)
  • Lori Lockyer, University of Wollongong
  • John W Patterson, University of Wollongong
  • Gregg S Rowland, University of Wollongong
  • Douglas Hearne, University of Wollongong
RIS ID
3733
Publication Date
1-1-2002
Publication Details

Lockyer, L., Patterson, J. W., Rowland, G. S. & Hearne, D. (2002). Online mentoring and peer support: using learning technologies to facilitate entry into a community of practice. Alt-J: Association for Learning Technology Journal, 10 (1), 24-31.

Abstract

A vital aspect of any professional education is the opportunity for students to engage in meaningful practical experiences. In pre‐service teacher education in Australia, this vital teaching practice component has undergone challenges in recent years due to increasing student numbers (linked to the increasing demand for new teachers) and limited resources in university and school sectors. As such, initiatives to enhance the practical component of this professional degree have been sought. This paper details the methodology and outcomes associated with a pilot project that utilized asynchronous Web‐based communication tools to facilitate mentoring and peer support through the teaching practice experience. Analysis of the online discussions and interviews with participants provides an indication of the nature of the interactions and the perceived value of the intervention, and informs the potential for larger‐scale implementation.

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Citation Information
Lori Lockyer, John W Patterson, Gregg S Rowland and Douglas Hearne. "Online mentoring and peer support: using learning technologies to facilitate entry into a community of practice" (2002) p. 24 - 31
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lori_lockyer/54/