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American Journal of Educational Research. 2016, 4(6), 459-471
DOI: 10.12691/education-4-6-4
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Experiences of Using Wiki as a Participatory Learning Tool in Teacher Education

Chris Astall1, and Jackie Cowan1

1College of Education, Health and Human Development, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Pub. Date: April 23, 2016

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Chris Astall and Jackie Cowan. Experiences of Using Wiki as a Participatory Learning Tool in Teacher Education. American Journal of Educational Research. 2016; 4(6):459-471. doi: 10.12691/education-4-6-4

Abstract

Wikis have potential for facilitating learning in the online environment but studies have identified varying degrees of success. The implementation of a new learning management system at the university provided a context for course instructors to explore the potential of web2.0 tools to facilitate collaborative learning. This research sought to understand teacher education students’ experiences of working collaboratively using a wiki as the participatory technological web2.0 tool. The research study involved pre-service education teachers enrolled as either on-campus or distance (flexible) students in a compulsory first year curriculum paper. A quantitative and qualitative methodology was used to determine learner perspectives on working within a collaborative learning space. Working collaboratively using a wiki as a participatory technological tool was new to most pre-service teachers. Results from this study indicated that their experiences towards collaborative learning remained positive despite a number of challenges. Whilst each group’s experiences varied, we identified three contributing factors to pre-service teacher’s use of wiki as a collaborative learning tool. The student experiences were discussed in relation to the three factors supporting the development of collaborative learning: positive relationships, the role of the course instructor, and the web2.0 technology.

Keywords:
pre-service teacher collaboration wikis web2.0 teaching strategies

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