Making Connections: Collaborative Approaches to Preparing Today’s and Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology
Cheryl L. Rosaen, Sharon Hobson, Ghazala Khan, Michigan State University, United States
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 11, Number 2, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
A collaborative approach was developed to support the professional development of teacher candidates, collaborating teachers (CTs) and teacher educators in learning to use technology for professional and pedagogical uses. Collaboration with K-5 teachers was undertaken to build the teachers' capacities to use technology in meaningful ways in their classroom and school, with the intent to develop technology-rich sites for teacher candidates' learning. A study of teacher candidates' (n=24) and CTs' (n=15) experiences during one school year indicated that both groups learned to use technology for a variety of pedagogical and professional uses, and teacher candidates had ample opportunities to work with technology. Moreover, teacher candidates shared their growing expertise with more experienced teachers by assisting their collaborating teachers with technology, a reversal of roles usually played in a mentoring situation. Nevertheless, the study also revealed that little collaboration and interactive dialogue about technology and its potential took place between 12 teacher candidates and CT pairs. Further steps are needed to create the culture of collaboration and reciprocity envisioned, where teacher candidates and CTs work together to use and appraise technology and to think critically about meaningful technology integration into the K-5 curriculum.
Rosaen, C.L., Hobson, S. & Khan, G. (2003). Making Connections: Collaborative Approaches to Preparing Today’s and Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 11(2), 281-306. Norfolk, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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