10 SES 13 A, Research on Programmes and Pedagogical Approaches in Teacher Education
Developments and the huge investment on technology in education direct teachers to use technology as an instructional material in their classrooms. In this perspective, most of the research on technology concentrated on effective usage of technology. From that point ‘A fundamental question seldom asked is this: Is it teachers’ usage or teachers’ ability that we are trying to increase in technology integration?’(Hsu, 2010, p.310) .Technology has been widely used in some schools because of its easy access that specific schools (NCES, 2003). Technology integration has its own practices almost all of the disciplines taught at schools(Wachira & Keengwe, 2011; Howley, Wood & Hough, 2011; Inan & Lowther, 2010).
The use of computers and other technologies in teaching and learning activities and school management can be defined as technology-supported instruction(TSI) (Demirel et al., 2001). As TSI, it is understood that the use of technology as a tool to help the teacher to enrich the education and to improve the quality during the educational activities. Yanpar and Yıldırım (1999: p.62-64) listed the benefits of TSI in the teaching environment as follows:
- Enables students to learn the subject on their own speed.
- Ensures active participation of the students in the course.
- Increases the quality and quantity of instructional activities.
- Offers opportunities to the students to monitor their own performance.
- Provides students opportunities to practice and repeat what they learned out of the classroom.
Researches indicates the struggle of teacher education programs with choosing and representing practices and strategies to the preservice teacher to use of iteffectively. (Goktas, Yıldırım, & Yıldırım, 2008). Lots of the teacher education implications were comprised of presenting a course on educational technology at an introduction level (Polly, Mims, Shepherd, & Inan,2010) which could be mostly limited with theoretical part of technology integration. Although preservice teachers need exemplary implication of technology integration at all their teacher education courses (Ertmer et al., 2003). However, they do not feel well-prepared to instruct with technology in their future classrooms (Drent & Meelissen, 2008; Kay, 2006). These studies may emphasize that teacher education programs need to be reviewed considering exemplary implications and the opportunities to design TSI. These skills have been developed with many different ways such as technology integration content, hands on technology activities, practice with educational technology, and reflections on TSI. (Ottenbreit-Leftwich et al., 2010; Polly et al., 2010). These were implemented individually or binary which may limit effectiveness of the preservice teachers’ skill development and change of attitude toward educational technology.
TSI is accepted as influential and requisite for education, therefore European countries make changes in teacher education programs with variety of implications (Eurydice, 2011).There is need to concantrated on teachers’ development on TSI both inservice and preservice education in Turkey cesi ve hizmet içi eğitimlerine yoğunlaşılması gerektiği çeşitli araştırmalarla ortaya konmuştur (Yurdakul Kabakçı, 2011; Kayaduman, 2017). Atlhough renewed programs include some courses related to technology usage, TSI implications are needed for preservice teachers development. Therefore, preservice teachers’ technology acceptance and attitudes toward the instruction with technology is needed to be analyzed within the revised teacher education program.
The purpose of the current study is to report preservice teachers’ attitude toward computer-supported instruction and their technology acceptance in the context of reformist approach to teacher education program. The research questions are:
- Is there a significant difference between preservice teachers’ attitude toward computer-supported instruction who took computer-supported and traditional educational philosophy course?
- Is there a significant difference between preservice teachers’ technology acceptance who took computer-supported and traditional educational philosophy course?
- How do preservice teachers plan to use technologies that they have experienced in the course in their future classrooms?
This is a mixed method research aiming to reveal differences among the preservice teachers views on technology in a newly revised teacher education curriculum at their first year in the context educational philosophy curriculum. Among the types of mixed design, explanatory sequential design with the purpose of using qualitative approach to explain quantitative results is performed because of that one data resource is not be enough; initial results need to be further explained; and a second method is needed to enhance a primary method (Creswell & Plano Clark, 2011). As research instruments, survey comprised of a scale to measure of preservice teachers’ attitude toward computer-supported instruction (Arslan, 2006), technology acceptance measure for teachers (T-TAM) (Ursavas, Sahin, & McIlroy, 2014). Additionally, interview to reveal their actual intention to use technology in their future classrooms will be performed. The scales were implemented two times at the beginning and end of semester like pre and post-test experiment and control group design. For final implementation of the scales, an open-ended question was added as qualitative data source to reveal their actual intention to use technology in their future classrooms. Context of the study is a faculty of education with revised curriculum to meet need of the society and education system in Turkey. The participants (Women: 84 , Men: 38) with the age ranging from 18 to 29 mostly between 18 to 22 (p: 95,9%) are first year student at the program enrolled two different sections of the educational philosophy course. The aim of the course is to make them familiar with educational theories and philosophies with their founders/famous representatives, general characteristics and their reflections on modern education systems. Parallel to this, control group(women:43, men:16) confronted with classical face-to-face teaching methods and techniques such as instruction, question-answering, discussion. Controversially, implementation group (women:41, men:22) imposed upon current technologies mostly used in school as projects of the course such as, learning management system (Edmodo), video creation tools (IMovie, Moviemaker,Animoto,Pawtoon,etc.), online video sharing platform (Yotube,Teachertube,Vimeo, etc.), timeline creation tools (TikiToki,Knightlab,Free-timeline,MyHistro, etc.), and online collaborative working platforms (Google-Drive,Skype,Dropbox,Weshare, etc.) in addition to classical teaching methods and techniques. For data analysis, after checking normality, it is founded that sample represents normal distribution. Therefore, pair sample t-tests were implemented to compare the pre and post-test results. Preservice teachers’ views on technology-supported instruction and technology acceptance were analyzed during their first semester at the reformed teacher education program.
To analyze the difference between the attitude of preservice teachers(between the pre-tests and post-tests of the implementation and the control group), one-way ANOVA was performed and significant difference is found between the pretest and posttest scores of the groups. This analysis yielded a main effect for attending to the course enriched with IT tools at the end of the semester,(F(1, 85)=5.199,p<.05), such that the attitude toward technology-supported instruction was significantly higher for implementation group(M=53.88,Sd=5.32) than for control group (M=51.03,Sd=6.01). It is also observed that the effect of the implementation of IT tools on their attitude is also significant(p˂0.01). To answer second question, the groups were tested before and after the course on their technology acceptance. According to the test results, the mean pre-test scores of the students in the implementation group was 51.04, the post-test mean scores was 53.88(p<0,0). On the other hand, the mean of the pre-test and post-test mean scores of the control group were 52.66 and 51.03, respectively. While there is significant difference for the scores of implementation group, there is not significant difference for control group. This indicates that courses with supported IT-tools contribute their views on technology-supported instruction. TAM scale has eleven factor measuring technology integration behavior, which are perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, attitude towards use, subjective norms, self-efficacy, facilitating conditions, technological complexity, anxiety, perceived enjoyment, compatibility, behavioral intention. For implementation group, t-tests indicated that there was no significant difference between pre and post-test results, except anxiety. The participants’ anxiety level had significantly decreased(M:-1.21,Sd:3.55,p<0.05) from pre-test(M:16.94, Sd:65.84) to post-test(M:18.15, Sd:64.24). To answer third question, interview will be conducted to analyze their intention to use technologies that they have experienced in the course in their future classrooms. Preservice teachers were reported their future usage mostly how they introduced with the implications and platforms during the program. Video editing programs, student response systems, learning management platforms were most influential implications for their future plans. Once they asked how they decide to use these platforms, their reports are about both (1) the exemplary implications that represented to them and analyzed by them during the course and (2) the implications that they experienced either in their projects or within the classroom activities. This indicates that future plans were shaped with the real-life experiences and the examples from real life. Reformed teacher education program in the context, shaped with the help of technology at the first semester. Such programs were implemented in different countries contributing preservice teachers’ ability on designing technology supported instruction (Angeli, 2005; Bahr et al. 2006; Baser, Kopcha,& Ozden, 2016 ). Transforming teacher preparations programs could contribute future teachers from different perspectives: anxiety, self-efficacy, attitudes, etc. Evolution of the programs in terms of TSI could contribute preservice teachers’ design and implement of their courses. While renovating the programs, it would be effective for teachers’ ability on TSI to concentrate on the factors (perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, attitude towards use, subjective norms, self-efficacy, facilitating conditions, technological complexity, anxiety, perceived enjoyment, compatibility, behavioral intention) with the help of real=life experiences and exemplary implications of TSI.
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