Creating a Learning Environment for Pre-Service Teachers

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This paper presents statistics from ongoing research on a unique learning environment developed at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Education (MU-CoE). MU-CoE has developed a new approach to space devoted to learning, not teaching. This new concept of progressive learning and performance support integrates interactive networked technology with traditional media resources. The learning environment is based on the notion that learning takes place through providing appropriate facilities, equipment, software/hardware, and support staff. The environment encourages preservice teachers to become reflective practitioners. Data from surveys with user statistics, feedback from preservice teachers and other customers, and findings from student evaluation surveys indicate a strong need for a learning environment and human performance support system within teacher education programs and a strong need for technology in education.
Diggs, Laura L.
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