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ERIC Number: EJ1063572
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
The Influence of Technology-Rich Early Childhood Field Experiences on Preservice Teachers
Lux, Nicholas; Lux, Christine
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v23 n2 p213-240 Apr 2015
Despite a comprehensive body of research on field experiences in teacher education, technology-rich early field experiences in early childhood environments is one particular area of inquiry lacking substantive current research. Therefore, this study was conducted to better understand how preservice teachers' perceptions of global concepts related to teaching, learning, and technology, were influenced by participation in a technology-focused early field experience within the authentic context of an early childhood laboratory preschool. In response to this inquiry, we examined qualitative data collected from preservice teachers who were enrolled in an educational technology course while simultaneously participating in a technology-rich early childhood-focused early field experience. Findings indicated that preservice teachers' perceptions of pedagogy and technology are influenced by the early childhood-focused early field experience. Positive impacts included confirming existing beliefs about teaching and learning, introducing new ideas about classroom practices, and inspiring valuable awareness into innovative uses of technology in early childhood education settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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