ERIC Number: EJ1083203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Pre-Service Teachers' TPACK Competencies for Spreadsheet Integration: Insights from a Mathematics-Specific Instructional Technology Course
Agyei, Douglas D.; Voogt, Joke M.
Technology, Pedagogy and Education, v24 n5 p605-625 2015
This article explored the impact of strategies applied in a mathematics instructional technology course for developing technology integration competencies, in particular in the use of spreadsheets, in pre-service teachers. In this respect, 104 pre-service mathematics teachers from a teacher training programme in Ghana enrolled in the mathematics instructional technology course for one semester. Strategies applied in designing the course were: aligning theory and practice, collaborative design, learning technology by design, modelling how to use technology and scaffolding authentic technology experiences. The pre-service teachers' technology integration competencies were assessed through analysis of lesson plans and lesson observations, their self-reported technological pedagogical content knowledge and attitudes towards technology. Findings show that pre-service teachers' technology integration competencies improved after participation in the course. All strategies were considered important, but in particular, scaffolding authentic technology experiences including feedback from teaching try-outs made significant contributions to the pre-service teachers' developed technology integration competencies. The study provides guidelines that can serve as a benchmark for implementing strategies in the design of a subject-specific teacher education programme in preparing pre-service teachers to integrate technology in teaching.
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teacher Competencies, Spreadsheets, Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teachers, Foreign Countries, Lesson Plans, Observation, Student Attitudes, Teamwork, Secondary School Mathematics, Scoring Rubrics, Student Surveys, Questionnaires, Likert Scales, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ghana
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