Infusing Educational Technology in Teaching Methods Courses: Successes and Dilemmas

Aug. 01, 2014

Source: Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, Volume 30, Issue 3, 2014, pages 89-103

In this action research, the authors describe the implementation of a program to infuse technology in general methods courses as a requirement of a teacher preparation program.

Data were collected through focus groups conducted with the teacher candidates.

Results revealed successes and dilemmas of infusing technology into the courses. Candidates ably described prospective use of elements of the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) model (Mishra & Koehler, 2006), but were less confident of their ability to develop and implement content-based lessons in which P–12 students employed technology to meet content and technology standards.

Recommendations include continuing to fine-tune the new courses, providing more resources for professional development )PD), and encouraging instructors to participate in more PD leading to greater modeling of hands-on learning with a focus on content and pedagogical uses of technology.

Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. J. (2006). Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A new framework for teacher knowledge. Teachers College Record 108 (6), 1017-1054

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