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An investigation of preservice teachers' attitudes and confidence levels toward educational technology standards and selected instructional software applications
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, The University of Toledo, United States

The University of Toledo . Awarded

Abstract

It is important to determine preservice teachers' attitudes toward the use of technology. The course, Curriculum Instruction Educational Technology (CIET) 2000, was developed to train preservice teachers to meet the technology standards and to integrate technology in the classroom. The effectiveness and preservice teachers' attitudes were not known; therefore, this study was conducted to investigate preservice teachers' attitudes and confidence levels toward technology standards and the toward selected instructional software applications.

Several instruments were developed for this study. The Pre-assessment Instrument was developed to obtain the participants' demographic information. The Attitude Survey Instrument for Technology Standards was developed based on the technology standards developed by The International Society Technology Education (ISTE). The Confidence Level Instrument was developed using standards in the National Educational Technology Standards (NETs), project to measure the participants' change of confidence level. The Attitude Survey Instrument for Media and Instructional Software Applications was used to measure the participants' change of attitude toward the selected instructional software applications. The Attitude Survey Instrument for Technology Standards, The Confidence Level Instrument and The Attitude Survey Instrument for Media and Instructional Software Applications were administrated before and after the formal training.

Within the field of Educational Technology, this study provided additional evidence that participants had more positive attitudes after the intervention. The study revealed that (1) preservice teachers had more positive attitudes toward educational technology; (2) preservice teachers had an increase of confidence level in performing the surveyed skills and in teaching them at the grade levels they planned to teach; and (3) preservice teachers had more positive attitudes toward a variety of instructional tools.

Based upon the results of this study, a development of a positive attitude and an increase of confidence level toward the use of technology are related to the positive curriculum design and delivery. With a positive attitude, it is more likely that the preservice teachers will adopt and integrate technology-based instruction in their classrooms.

Citation

Jao, F. An investigation of preservice teachers' attitudes and confidence levels toward educational technology standards and selected instructional software applications. Ph.D. thesis, The University of Toledo. Retrieved January 21, 2020 from .

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