An Exploration of Initial Certification Candidates’ TPACK and Mathematics-based Applications using Touch Device Technology
Thursday, March 10 4:00-4:30 PM
This qualitative research study describes the experiences of a group of Initial Certification Candidates (ICCs) as they participated in explorations of readings and third-party applications (apps) run on touch screen technology devices. The group of ICCs was comprised of two Undergraduate Teacher Candidates (UTCs) and one Graduate Teacher Candidate (GTC) enrolled in an alternate route program. The explorations were designed to augment the ICCs’ Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) as they progressed through the six-week long study. The researcher found that each of the ICCs experienced some development of their TPACK even though their perceptions differed on whether the readings or the app explorations were most beneficial to their development. Differences were also identified in the experiences of the UTCs and the GTC. Each of the ICCs indicated that they would prefer to use touch technology in their future classrooms. Future directions for further research are given.