Use of computer-mediated communication in a teaching practicum course

Cheng Chih Wu*, Greg C. Lee

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This study investigates how Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) can be effectively used in a teaching practicum course to enhance preservice teachers' learning. We constructed a web-based CMC system and used it in a Teaching Practicum course. Computer science preservice teachers and experienced secondary school computer teachers, who served as mentors, participated in the study. The research findings indicate that the preservice teachers considered the CMC system helpful for supporting their learning. The findings also indicate that some initiating/follow-up discussion styles of the mentors were more effective than others in promoting interactions in the discussion forum. It was also found that a teaching-video-enhanced CMC environment is valuable in improving quality of mentoring and in increasing preservice teachers' reflection on teaching.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-528
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec


  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Mentors' moderating styles
  • Preservice teacher practicum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Mathematics


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