Preservice teachers’ technology integration attitude change in a course implementing digital badges
Sunnie Lee Watson, Purdue University, United States ; Ji Hyun Yu, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, United States ; Hamdan Alamri, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia ; William R. Watson, Purdue University, United States
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 28, Number 1, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
Preservice teachers’ beliefs and attitudes impact the likelihood they will integrate technology in their future teaching. Consequently teacher preparation programs should provide courses designed to enhance preservice teachers’ attitudes and beliefs towards technology use in the classroom. However, many programs instead focusing solely on technology skills and knowledge and are not designed to establish positive attitudes towards technology integration. It is therefore important for teacher education programs to integrate technology effectively in their own classes in to illustrate best practices. This study examines the beliefs and perceived attitudinal learning of preservice teachers in a technology integration course that utilized digital badges as a way to model effective technology integration. It also examines their perceptions of the instructional design of the course and the efficacy of digital badges as a learner-centered learning technology. Results showed that students by far perceived digital badges as the most beneficial aspect of the course to their attitudinal learning. In regards to their attitudinal learning, students perceived the highest growth in their cognitive learning and the lowest in their affective. Students perceived the lack of resources as the primary barrier to technology integration in their future classrooms.
Watson, S.L., Yu, J.H., Alamri, H. & Watson, W.R. (2020). Preservice teachers’ technology integration attitude change in a course implementing digital badges. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 28(1), 89-116. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved June 5, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/211054/.
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