Pre-Service Teachers Serving Students: Service-Learning Through Virtual Tutoring. A Case Study
This study details the experiences from a pilot program aimed at virtually pairing pre-service teacher education candidates with fifth grade students for the purposes of raising achievement and creating meaningful field experiences. Researchers paired the difficulties of traditional field experiences with the difficulties in vocabulary comprehension for at-risk students to reach a solution of service-learning through virtual tutoring. Junior and senior level pre-service candidates majoring in middle school education used videoconferencing to tutor fifth grade students in vocabulary at a nearby elementary school. Results suggest that the pilot program provided increase student achievement for elementary students as well as increased satisfaction concerning field experiences for pre-service teachers.
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