ERIC Number: EJ1044879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
Technology Integration in a Science Classroom: Preservice Teachers' Perceptions
Rehmat, Abeera P.; Bailey, Janelle M.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v23 n6 p744-755 Dec 2014
The challenge of preparing students for the information age has prompted administrators to increase technology in the public schools. Yet despite the increased availability of technology in schools, few teachers are integrating technology for instructional purposes. Preservice teachers must be equipped with adequate content knowledge of technology to create an advantageous learning experience in science classrooms. To understand preservice teachers' conceptions of technology integration, this research study explored 15 elementary science methods students' definitions of technology and their attitudes toward incorporating technology into their teaching. The phenomenological study took place in a science methods course that was based on a constructivist approach to teaching and learning science through science activities and class discussions, with an emphasis on a teacher beliefs framework. Data were collected throughout the semester, including an open-ended pre/post-technology integration survey, lesson plans, and reflections on activities conducted throughout the course. Through a qualitative analysis, we identified improvements in students' technology definitions, increased technology incorporation into science lesson plans, and favorable attitudes toward technology integration in science teaching after instruction. This research project demonstrates that positive changes in beliefs and behaviors relating to technology integration in science instruction among preservice teachers are possible through explicit instruction.
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Preservice Teachers, Science Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Elementary School Science, Phenomenology, Constructivism (Learning), Science Activities, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Lesson Plans, Reflection, Qualitative Research, Attitude Change, Behavior Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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