Source: Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Vol. 23, No. 2, April 2015, p. 213-240.
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.
Data were 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.