ERIC Number: ED428072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Will New Teachers Be Prepared To Teach in a Digital Age? A National Survey on Information Technology in Teacher Education.
Moursund, David; Bielefeldt, Talbot
This report describes a national survey of U.S. schools, colleges, and departments of education (SCDEs) to determine how they prepared new teachers to use information technology (IT) in their work. A 32-item survey had respondents rate their teacher- training institutions on coursework, faculty capacity and use of IT, facilities, field experience opportunities, and graduates' skills. A total of 416 institutions responded, or about one-third of U.S. SCDEs for 1997-98. Data analysis indicated that the technology infrastructure of education increased more quickly than SCDEs could incorporate new tools into teaching and learning. Faculty IT skills were comparable to student IT skills, but most faculty did not model IT skills in teaching. Distance education and computer-assisted instruction only affected small proportions of preservice teachers. Most programs did not have written, funded, current technology plans. Most institutions had IT available in K-12 classrooms for student teaching, but IT was not used routinely during field experiences. The number of hours of IT instruction integrated into other courses had a moderate correlation with other survey scores, but the number of hours of formal IT instruction did not. The integration factor (items that addressed graduates' classroom skills and actual use of IT during college training) was the best predictor of other survey scores. Two appendixes present the survey form and supplementary tables. (Contains 25 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Information Technology, National Surveys, Preservice Teacher Education, Questionnaires, Student Teachers, Teachers
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Sponsor: Milken Family Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA.
Authoring Institution: International Society for Technology in Education, Eugene, OR.
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