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ERIC Number: ED398872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 88
Abstractor: N/A
Increasing the Computer Literacy of Preservice Teachers through an Applied Integrated Curriculum.
Clawson, E. Penny
This practicum was designed to address the problem of computer anxiety and minimal computer usage among preservice teachers. An integrated curriculum was designed based on guidelines from the International Society for Technology in Education, in an attempt to require computer use by students for course assignments and instruction. Workshops outside of class time offered hands-on instruction with IBM (MS-DOS) and Macintosh platforms. Computer logs were kept by the students to determine the frequency and type of work completed on the computer. Each education course was evaluated at its conclusion to determine the effectiveness of the assignments in diminishing the students' computer anxiety and increasing the integration of the technology into the instruction. The data collected showed an increase in the computer usage by the students in all of the courses. Of the 88 computer logs submitted, 69 students indicated using the computer more than once a week. Out of the total 277 students who submitted course evaluations, 27 expressed frustration, and 26 stated their preference for a word processor over a computer. Of the same total, 178 indicated that their computer skills increased during the course in question. Appendices include a computer usage log sheet, a workshop schedule, a technology manual, an evaluation rubric, and a sample course evaluation. (Contains 40 references.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A