ERIC Number: ED421116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Anchored Instruction in Preservice Educational Technology Classes: A Research Project.
Bauer, Jeffrey W.
This study examined the effectiveness of the anchored instruction (i.e., using a theme or anchor around which various learning activities take place) approach in preparing preservice teachers to integrate technology. Participants were 48 students enrolled in the three sections of a preservice educational technology class during the summer of 1997. The instructor began by explaining the basic concepts of anchored instruction to the class and then employed the principles of anchored instruction in teaching the class for its entire six-week duration. "Oregon Trail," a popular computer simulation program, was selected as the anchor for the course. During the last session, students were given a 15-item Likert questionnaire that addressed the following questions: (1) "Will students feel that they learned basic technology skills?" (2) "Will students understand why the instructor used an anchored instruction approach?" (3) "Will students feel that they could apply anchored instruction as a technique for technology integration in their own teaching?" and (4) "Will students enjoy participating in the class?" Results indicated that students responded positively to this approach and learned essential technology skills in the process. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Course Content, Course Evaluation, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Innovation, Learning Activities, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Characteristics, Student Reaction, Student Surveys, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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