The integration of educational theory and teaching practice based on networked rural schools
In the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, rural schools are increasingly organised within digital environments, facilitating synergy between in-service and pre-service teachers. The integration of educational theory and teaching practice that is integral to the preparation of teachers for initial positions in rural schools is also facilitated by the digital environment in that face to face university classes can be extended to include virtual visitors who are practising teachers in the province’s schools. At the end of their teacher preparation program most pre-service teachers thought access to practising teachers in this way was of value to them as it enhanced their understanding of educational theories as they apply to the classroom. This paper reports on the use of technology to allow interactions between rural and preservice teachers and to bridge the gap between educational theory and practices as they relate to rural and regional settings.
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