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Digital Practices and Literacy Identities: Preservice Teachers Negotiating Contradictory Discourses of Innovation
The purpose of the study was to examine how preservice English teachers in a teacher-education program were thinking about technology in relation to their teaching practices. Specifically, the author asked what goals they had for using those technologies and what meanings those technologies acquired in their classrooms and in their professional development. The findings reveal that two contrasting approaches to the role of technology in the teaching of literacy were identified: one is tool-for-result, and the other is tool-and-result. Although the results show that most of the students had views that placed them within tool-for-result approach, the author suggests that English teachers who adopt a tool-and-result perspective can involve their students in critical participation in relevant discourses.
Updated: Apr. 28, 2015