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ERIC Number: EJ1103199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-3894
Elementary Education Teacher Candidates' Integration of Technology in the Design of Interdisciplinary Units
Polly, Drew; Rock, Tracy
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v60 n4 p336-343 Jul 2016
In this paper the authors evaluate 85 elementary education teacher candidates' integration of technology into interdisciplinary units that the candidates wrote during the semester before their full-time student teaching internship. An inductive analysis of the units revealed that teachers used a wide variety of technologies with a large dependence on Internet-based technologies, interactive whiteboards, and iPad applications. Further analyses found that most of the technology uses were lower-level and focused on only basic skills. However, chi-squared tests for independence found statistically significant relationships between numerous factors and when technology was used in ways that addressed higher-order thinking skills. These factors included the structure of the lesson plans, the content of the interdisciplinary units, when the technology was integrated into the multi-lesson unit, and when the technology was integrated into specific phases of the lesson. Implications for teacher education programs and research that focuses on teacher candidates' TPACK are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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