This project is using Second Life and other technology to structure carefully planned learning experiences for pre-service teachers. Virtual technologies are used to provide pre-service teachers practice in presenting and assessing problem solving activities in a virtual classroom with diverse populations. Researchers hypothesize that technology enriched strategies have the potential to deepen pre-service teachers' understanding and effectiveness in teaching emerging algebra concepts to diverse student populations.
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Kathryn Bell McKenzie is Associate Professor of Educational Administration and affiliated faculty member in Women and Gender Studies at Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M, Kathryn worked for over 25 years in public education as a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, assistant principal, principal, and Deputy Director of the University of Texas/Austin Independent School District Leadership Academy. Maintaining her commitment to practice and practitioners, Kathryn consults and researches extensively in public schools. Her areas of research include Equity and Social Justice in Schools, School Leadership, and Qualitative Methodology. Kathryn is also Associate Editor for Educational Administration Quarterly and Regional Editor for the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Kathryn has published extensively in the major journals in her field. She and her colleagues Dr. Linda Skrla and Dr. Jim Scheurich are the authors of the bestselling Corwin (2009) book, Using Equity Audits to Create Equitable and Excellent Schools. The follow-up book, Using Equity Audits to Create Equitable and Excellent Schools, which is authored by McKenzie and Skrla is currently in-press at Corwin Publishers.