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ERIC Number: ED482000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 27
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Teaching Educational Research to Student Teachers: The Pros and Cons of Using Information and Communication Technology.
Karsenti, Thierry; Thibert, Gilles
This study was designed to better understand the motivational impact of a compulsory Web-based course, "Introduction to Educational Research," on student teachers' enrollment in a four-year teacher education program in a Quebec, Canada university. The hypothesis was that this course, which promoted self-determination, feelings of competence, and affiliation, would have a positive impact on student motivation. Results from quantitative and qualitative data on nine groups of student teachers taking the course indicated that the course had a positive impact on students' motivation to learn. However, the results also suggested that all students may not be ready to handle such autonomy or self-determination, and that the gap between the university classroom and the virtual classroom is substantial and often difficult to bridge. The gap was particularly evident in light of the significant decrease in students' motivation after only 4 weeks of the course. Despite obstacles, the results noted advantages of integrating information and communications technology into teacher education programs (e.g., greater autonomy, more access to information and knowledge, increased motivation to learn, and improved and more frequent communication among educators and learners, among learners themselves, and among educators). (Contains 43 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada