Social Networks in Teacher Education
Start date: 01 Dec 2012,
Within the EU there is more and more stress on improving quality of teaching and of education in different ways. One of the ways involves (student) teachers who do research and study specific educational topics that are of interest for their own teaching. This can result in a PhD, although this happens still very seldom. A problem in teacher education and teachers’ research is that knowledge of teachers is many times solely focused on their own country. They lack the opportunity to cooperate in international studies and research groups. A few years ago, partners in this project started a project called JoMiTE to arrange Teacher Education programs where student teachers easily exchanged between countries. Experiences in that project show the benefits of these exchanges, but the numbers of students who can exchange remains low and in-service teachers cannot follow such program. Therefore we start SoNetTE: social networks for teacher education. With SoNetTE we want to promote the knowledge of teaching (subjects) in different countries, stimulate ICT skills and give (student) teachers the possibility to participate in international research groups via online networks and social media. We will do this in the following way: 1. We will develop open courseware courses that are of interest for (student) teachers in different countries. This will be made accessible publicly. 2. We will develop an online structure around the OCW courses where (student) teachers can collaborate internationally via social media. 3. Each partner will start two study groups around one or two of its own OCW courses. A study group consists of (student) teachers from different countries and different levels. 4. The study groups will be monitored thoroughly. We will gather data about the process of this online collaboration which provides information about the success possibilities of such collaboration. 5. The lessons learned will be disseminated and exploited to other teacher education institutions.
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