Phenomenology and an Online Student Teacher Support Group: Fostering Reflective Practice and Student Discourse
Abstract: During the Fall 2007 semester, a group of students in the Elementary Education program at the University of Texas – Pan American enrolled in a supervised internship seminar. In this course, students were required to conduct weekly observations of specific aspects of the teaching/learning process, reflect on their classroom observations, share their observations through online discussions, and provide support for one another in an online student teacher support group. The purpose of this study was to discover the essence of the student teaching experience. The authors analyzed weekly discussions postings using the tenets of phenomenology to identify emergent themes to bring to light issues interns face during student teaching as they live through the experience.
Presider: Kamini Jaipal-Jamani, Brock University