Pre-Service Teachers and Search Engines: Prior Knowledge and Instructional Implications
Association for Educational Communications and Technology Annual Meeting,
There is a wealth of information available on the World Wide Web that can assist pre-service teachers in their course studies. Yet observation of students in a technology integration class indicated that students were not able to find resources efficiently or reliably. The purpose of this study was to establish a baseline of what undergraduate, pre-service teachers know about search engines and searching the Web prior to beginning a course on integrating technology into the classroom. A total of 355 undergraduate, pre-service teachers over three semesters participated in the study. The results indicate low declarative, syntactic and semantic knowledge. Implications for course and program revisions based on the results are addressed.
Colaric, S.M., Fine, B. & Hofmann, W. (2005). Pre-Service Teachers and Search Engines: Prior Knowledge and Instructional Implications. Presented at Association for Educational Communications and Technology Annual Meeting 2005.