Teacher Candidates’ Needs, Expectations of, and Attitudes toward Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Learning and Integration
Friday, March 7 10:05-10:25 AM Location: Royale Skybox 206
Presider: Ella Black, Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia
Abstract: This paper is based on an exploratory study designed to obtain pre-service teachers’ expectations of and attitudes toward the learning and integrating Communication Technologies (ICT) into their future classrooms. Because of the diverse demographic backgrounds and social conditions of the teacher candidates, such as age, gender, English language proficiency, and previous education, we expected a wide range of responses to the online survey and the semi-structured focus group questions. By implementing the sequential mixed research design we were able to distinguish emerging themes related to participants’ social conditions that impact their perceptions and attitudes regarding the ICT and beliefs about its use in their future career. The findings from this study could be employed as useful reference for the design of ICT curriculum for the Teacher Education programs.