Factors of success in the implementation of mathematics WebQuests: reflections of a student teacher
Conceicao Almeida, Floriano Viseu, University of Minho, Portugal ; Joao Pedro Ponte, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
WebQuests seem to be a feasible way to integrate the Internet in the mathematics classroom. Consequently, mathematics teachers should be able to use such an approach. We have observed how student teachers face the challenge of constructing mathematics WebQuests and of implementing them with their pupils. We have come to realize the importance of such experiences in pre-service education. Not only can they give our prospective teachers an opportunity to innovate, but may also open up perspectives of continuous innovation for the future. The student teachers' reflections during and after the whole process of implementation of a WebQuest seem particularly important. In this paper we will describe the reflections of a student teacher on the integration of three WebQuests in her teaching practice. One year after her student teaching, we look into her perspectives of the results of the implementation of three different WebQuests, one in each of 7th, 8th and 9th grades. We try to understand what are the factors that she identifies as essential for best results with pupils.
Almeida, C., Viseu, F. & Ponte, J.P. (2005). Factors of success in the implementation of mathematics WebQuests: reflections of a student teacher. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3433-3437). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).