Student Teaching in a Virtual World: An Online Field Experience for Future Teachers

By Robin Parent.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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With the success of online learning at the university and college settings within the United States we are beginning to see growth in the K–12 (kindergarten through 12th grade) following suit. As online classes and virtual elementary, middle, and high school options grow, teacher education must keep up. This paper outlines the work to create a partnership between Utah State University’s Teacher Education and Leadership program and the Utah Virtual Academy, a K–12 virtual school, to provide virtual student teaching opportunities to secondary education students. Partnerships such as this between a virtual charter school and a university teaching program are important for the future success of our new teachers. With more traditional districts offering online courses and the increase in online and virtual schools we must prepare our teachers for multiple teaching environments. This research provides the first two phases of creating such a partnership and launches the pilot student teaching program.

Keywords: Online Education, K–12, Teacher Education, Virtual, Partnership, Student Teaching

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.43-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 754.170KB).

Robin Parent

PhD Student, Teacher Education and Leadership, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

I am a PhD student at Utah State University in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in cultural studies. My dissertation work is centered on a hybrid student teaching experience between a virtual K–12 school and the USU teacher education program. This research is multidimensional as it allows for program evaluation, development and implementation as well as research opportunities on how students react in different teaching atmospheres and environments. A key element to my research theoretical framework is the notion of space and place within the teaching and learning circle.