ERIC Number: EJ1090482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Technology-Focused Early Field Experiences in Preservice Teacher Education
Lux, Nicholas J.
Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, v29 n3 p82-88 2013
Although a broad body of research exists on field experiences in teacher education, one specific area of inquiry lacking substantial current research is that of technology-focused early field experiences, or field experiences that occur prior to student teaching and more formal clinical experiences. To address this gap, I conducted this investigation to better understand how preservice teachers' participation in a technology-focused early field experience called Tech Club influenced their perceptions of teaching and learning. At the conclusion of the early field experience, preservice teachers completed a pilot survey that addressed how their perceptions of teaching and learning changed as a result of their participation in the Tech Club. Findings highlight the importance of early field experiences and establish a rationale for providing preservice teachers early opportunities to practice with technology in authentic contexts.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Field Experience Programs, Technology Uses in Education, Student Attitudes, Clubs, Student Surveys, Attitude Measures, Teaching (Occupation), Program Effectiveness, Educational Technology, Qualitative Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Statistical Analysis
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A