Pre-Service Teachers’ Views on Technology: Using Qualitative Research Software in Study Group Research Projects
Terre Folger, Western Carolina University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Abstract: The researcher conducted interviews with fourteen pre-service teachers following instruction with and use of qualitative research software. Analysis revealed three dominant dominant themes. These were one, participants' learning and use of technology, two, use of technology in their teacher development program and three, perceived impact of technology learning on participants' futures as teachers. Analysis of the data suggested that learning depended not only on direct instruction, but also on time to explore new programs independently with access to instruction on demand. Participants expressed that use in the education program was most beneficial when the technology involved them as learners for authentic purposes, and that learning technology increased their marketability in the field. Issues of access and training influenced the participants' proposed use of technology in future classrooms.
Folger, T. (2008). Pre-Service Teachers’ Views on Technology: Using Qualitative Research Software in Study Group Research Projects. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 5221-5226). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).