ERIC Number: ED394949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Teacher Development in Technology Instruction: Does Computer Coursework Transfer into Actual Teaching Practice?
Grau, Isidro, IV
This study examined the technology preparation component of two University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) preservice teacher education programs: the traditional teacher education program and the Teacher Education Advancing Academic Achievement Model (TEAM) Collaborate teacher education program. Some characteristics of TEAM were: a year-long site based internship, university and site-based mentor teams, professional development of public school teachers and university faculty, higher education and public school collaboration in professional development schools, and infusion of technology into the public school and education curriculums. The traditional program and TEAM were compared by measuring the extent to which graduates transferred their newly acquired computer-technology skills and knowledge into their first-year of actual teaching practice. Responses to a technology use questionnaire indicated that a greater mean percentage of the 15 first-year TEAM graduates: (1) acquired greater knowledge of the functions and features of computer software and hardware, (2) learned how to use a variety of computer software and hardware tools to enhance their performance, and (3) developed skills and knowledge necessary to integrate computer software and hardware with instruction when compared to 15 traditional UHCL education graduates. Six recommendations to help preservice and inservice programs, school districts, and local schools ensure commitment to the long-term use of computer software and hardware are suggested. (Contains 33 references.) (Author/ND)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, College School Cooperation, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, Student Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Technology Utilization; University of Houston Clear Lake TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Dallas, TX, January 25, 1996).