Using e-learning in pre-service English teacher education in Chinese fourth-tier cities: An exploratory study

Ruiqian YANG, Yiu Chi LAI

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Abstract

Nowadays, e-learning is widely adopted in all education sectors, but different teachers utilize different strategies to teach their students. In the field of teacher education, views on the ways in which e-learning can be used are also varied. It is worth exploring how to implement e-learning in courses and how student teachers can apply the e-learning strategies they learned during their own field experience courses. A better understanding of the current practice will not only help teacher educators and student teachers to understand relevant pedagogical approaches in regard to e-learning, but will also enable student teachers to learn how to use appropriate e-learning strategies in their classes. This study explores the e-learning strategies adopted in teacher education courses for pre-service English teachers in mainland China, with a focus on Chinese fourth-tier cities. A total of 475 student teachers were involved and a mixed-method research approach was adopted. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected via questionnaires and interviews. The findings can enhance the current understanding of the common strategies used in e-learning in English pre-service teacher education courses in Chinese fourth-tier cities. We also give some suggestions for better future e-learning pedagogical approaches. Copyright © 2019 Ferhat Ozturk.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-57
JournalJournal of Research in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education
Volume2
Issue number1
Early online date31 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Citation

Yang, R., & Lai, Y. C. (2019). Using e-learning in pre-service English teacher education in Chinese fourth-tier cities: An exploratory study. Journal of Research in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 2(1), 29-57. doi: 10.31756/jrsmte.213

Keywords

  • Chinese fourth-tier cities
  • E-learning
  • Pre-service teacher education

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