Facing the Vast Information Network: Finnish Primary School Student Teachers reflect on their Relationship with the Internet
Ilta-Kanerva Kankaanrinta, Univ. of Helsinki
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Norfolk, VA USA ISBN 978-1-880094-42-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Finnish primary school student teachers (59 individuals) relationship to the Internet was investigated by means of a questionnaire in 2000. The relationship was analysed in three dimensions. The first involved their emotional attitudes: whether they loved or hated it, or if they were worried about being left by the wayside. The worries were examined in detail. Different ones, such as technical, pedagogical and organisational, information-processing and cultural, were analysed from the student teachers and from their pupils points of view. Secondly, the student teachers images of the Internet as an organisation with typical characteristics were analysed. Finally, the proportions of innovation adopter categories in the use of the Internet were summarized. The main results showed that the student teachers worried considerably about their future pupils relationship with the Internet, especially about information-processing issues. Emotional attitudes were mainly positive and the students usually grew to like the applications once they had tried them. The students described the Internet mostly by using positive attributes regarding its useful contents. It was often seen as a combination of different kinds of people or as an organism. The proportions of respondents in the early innovation adopter categories, such as early adopter and early majority, were larger than might have been assumed according to innovation diffusion theory.
Kankaanrinta, I.K. (2001). Facing the Vast Information Network: Finnish Primary School Student Teachers reflect on their Relationship with the Internet. In C. Montgomerie & J. Viteli (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2001--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 877-878). Norfolk, VA USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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