Comparing How Teachers use Technology and Teacher Education Programs Prepare Teachers to use Technology
Wednesday, March 9 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Location: Two Rivers
Presider: Catherine Schifter, Temple University, United States
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate how teachers are prepared to use technology in their classrooms, and what experiences or topics impact the things that teachers do in their classrooms. The research questions for this study were (1) What are the perceptions of technology experiences included in teacher preparation programs to prepare teachers to use technology, and (2) What are the perceptions of technology topics included in teacher preparation programs to prepare teachers to use technology? The study used a two-part exploratory survey method utilizing two online questionnaires. Participants included teacher education programs with four-year initial licensure elementary or secondary programs (N=426/1283) and accomplished technology-using teachers recruited via educational technology listservs (N=334/423). To follow up on the themes from the survey, case studies (interviews and documents) were collected from both teachers (N=29) and teacher education programs (N=12).