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Factors affecting development of it use on a partnership PGCE course

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Computers & Education Volume 25, Number 3, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


The study examines the development of information technology capability by teacher-trainees on a postgraduate certificate of education course. The course involves the promotion of information technology use during classroom placements by teacher-mentors. Data for the study were collected by a survey of mentors, three surveys of teacher-trainees, and by collating the ‘profiles’ of trainees. The data concerns classroom usage of information technology by trainees and mentors. The study considers the effects of the course upon the trainees' perceived competence and confidence in the use of information technology in the classroom and reports trainees' use of information technology on school placements. The results of the survey indicate that, for certain trainees, the development of IT skills was regarded as being synonymous with the development of word processing skills. Prior competence with databases was poorer, consistent with earlier studies, but trebled between placements. Trainees ascribed the aquisition of competence with databases to experience gained in the classroom or on the course despite the low usage of spreadsheets on the course, coupled with low observed usage of spreadsheets by mentors.


Trushell, J., Davidson-Paine, C. & Slater, A. (1995). Factors affecting development of it use on a partnership PGCE course. Computers & Education, 25(3), 139-149. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved May 13, 2021 from .

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