Hands-On Learning in Today's Elementary Science Classroom: Teacher Preparedness for Using Technology and Manipulatives
Susan Ferguson Martin, Edward Shaw, Lynda Daughenbaugh, University of South Alabama, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This study summarizes the results of a survey administered in the largest school district in a southeastern U.S. state conducted by university faculty to evaluate the use of white boards and hands-on experiences. Specifically, the survey assessed whether teachers considered themselves prepared to teach Science in the elementary setting, and whether teachers of elementary Science felt that, with relation to interactive whiteboards and manipulatives: they had been prepared to effectively use them in their classrooms, the amount or frequency of the use of them in the teaching of science, and reasons for using or not using them in the teaching of science. Results of the survey, will be used to address areas of needed improvement among pre-service teachers to identify areas in which early career teachers need additional training or information, and how best to improve the quality and training of the Elementary Science component of the education degree.
Ferguson Martin, S., Shaw, E. & Daughenbaugh, L. (2013). Hands-On Learning in Today's Elementary Science Classroom: Teacher Preparedness for Using Technology and Manipulatives. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1298-1305). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).