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EVALUATING THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN A TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM: PERSPECTIVES OF THE FUTURE TEACHERS

by NEY, PATRICIA EMMERICH

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the technology initiative in a teacher preparation program through the perceptions of the preservice teachers. The focus of this study was to see if the students believed they were proficient in the sixteen criteria of their state mandated standard for new teachers. The study took place at a midwestern university. Data were collected to describe the overall view of the technology initiative at this college of education. The initiative focused on the goals of providing technology-rich environments, providing technology training for faculty members and providing professional development to students in the teacher preparation program. A three-section, self-reporting survey was administered to a cohort of fifty-five students that were in the methods courses. The survey items mirrored the state technology standards. Interviews were conducted with a subset of the surveyed group. The findings showed that the college of education was implementing the multi-strand technology initiative as outlined in their goals. Classrooms were equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Faculty members were participating in reassigned time for intensive training in technology and additional reassigned time to align their curriculum with the state technology standards. The technology leadership/mentor program was in place and given high marks in the technology training by the participants. To improve this component of the program, the participants requested clear definitions of their roles and requirements. Survey results from the cohort of students in the methods classes found that the majority of preservice students believe they were experiencing technology in their program and were proficient in the technology standard criteria in most areas. The areas of technology that were reported to need more inclusion in the program were connecting hardware and awareness of available software reviewing software for classroom use. In addition, the students believe the Technology Applications course for preservice teachers needs to be revised.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:program evaluation technology initiative teacher preparation

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Date of Publication:01/01/2002

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