Closing the Gap between Attitudes and Perceptions about ICY-Enhanced Learning among Pre-Service STEM Teachers
Journal of Science Education and Technology Volume 23, Number 1, ISSN 1059-0145
The goal of this study was to examine pre-service STEM teachers' attitudes and perceptions about the effectiveness of various learning methods and, in specific, the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as means for enhancing progressive education. The study was conducted among two cohorts of pre-service STEM teachers (N = 103) in the years 2006 and 2012. The mixed method approach was used to compile data from two research tools: an attitudes questionnaire and reflective drawings. The findings of the first cohort indicated a conflict between the participants' declared attitudes and their perceptions, suggesting a gap between their inclination to coincide with educational trends, and their actual views about the use of ICTs in the classrooms. The first cohort's drawings illustrated ICTs as distractive technologies, ineffective tools for teaching and learning, impairing teachers' authority, and distancing teachers and students from each other. Findings of the second cohort indicated that the gap between attitudes and perceptions was narrowed in such a way that preservice STEM teachers did not see ICTs as threatening, but they perceived them as instrumental for leveraging progressive education.
Barak, M. (2014). Closing the Gap between Attitudes and Perceptions about ICY-Enhanced Learning among Pre-Service STEM Teachers. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 23(1), 1-14.