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Title:Technology and teacher education: An exploration of contemporary realities
Author(s):Bakir, Nesrin
Director of Research:Walsh, Daniel J.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Daniel J. Walsh
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Burbules, Nicholas C.; Dressman, Mark A.; Hug, Barbara; Westbury, Ian
Department / Program:Curriculum and Instruction
Discipline:Secondary & Continuing Educ
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):teacher education
technology integration
Abstract:A review of literature on technology integration and teacher education programs shows that teacher education programs are not adequately preparing students to integrate technology. This study focused on three teacher education programs across the country that have acquired a reputation among their peers for having successfully integrated technology into their programs. In order to gain a deeper understanding, three research questions guided the research: (1) What are the contemporary realities of technology and teacher education programs in the three programs? (2) What are the affordances and constraints around technology integration in the three programs? and (3) What working infrastructure has been established in teacher education programs as potential affordances for technology integration? To answer these research questions, multiple case study techniques were incorporated. Qualitative data were collected through site visits at three teacher education programs. Data sources included observations, in-depth semi-structured interviews with faculty, staff, and students, and examinations of documents and artifacts related to technology. The three case studies played a vital part in understanding which technology integration model succeeded and did not succeed. By using qualitative research methodology, this study provided more lively and convincing stories and perspectives of technology and teacher education programs. This study described the contemporary realities of technology and teacher education programs, the affordances and constraints around technology integration, and the process of creating a working infrastructure in teacher education programs as potential affordances for technology integration. The commitment to integrate technology in the programs was an evolving process. Teacher education programs continuously sought better ways to implement technology integration. One consistent finding across all programs was the lack of technology integration throughout the programs. There were strong attempts to integrate technology across the programs through a required technology course or digital portfolio construction and laptop initiative. Cases of integration of technology existed; however, it stayed at the individual level. Several affordances and constraints, ranging from organizational to personal constraints, have contributed to the general failure to integrate technology throughout the teacher education programs. In particular, levels of technology integration, administrative support, funding, technical support, technology access, and faculty development have influenced or hindered technology integration in the teacher education programs.
Issue Date:2011-08-26
Rights Information:Copyright 2011 Nesrin Bakir
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-08-27
Date Deposited:2011-08

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