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ERIC Number: EJ799570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0263-5143
Pre-Service Science Teachers and ICT: Communities of Practice?
Cleaves, Anna; Toplis, Rob
Research in Science & Technological Education, v26 n2 p203-213 Jul 2008
The practices and justifications of 15 pre-service science teachers in using ICT were explored by survey, observation and interview. Interactive whiteboards are frequently employed, although predominantly as projection screens for presentations, whilst datalogging and spreadsheets are used infrequently. Trainees incorporate ICT to enhance pupil motivation and to save time, but demonstrate little use of ICT to enhance the teaching of conceptual knowledge. ICT helps to increase the currency and broaden the scope of activities and occasionally to promote pupil collaboration. The imaginative use of ICT, although limited, was identified and respondents were able to rationalise its use. We recommend improved dialogue between mentors and trainees with respect to the effective use of ICT in science teaching. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)