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Exploring the Effectiveness of a Field Experience Program in a Pedagogical Laboratory: The Experience of Teacher Candidates
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, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, United States ; , Georgia State University, United States ; , , , University of Louisiana at Lafayette, United States

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 16, Number 4, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Researchers argue that teachers' beliefs are the final barrier that prevents technology integration. To affect change in teacher candidates' beliefs of technology integration, we created a pedagogical laboratory as well as a field experience program that operates within the pedagogical laboratory. This article presents a qualitative study of teacher candidates' field experience in the pedagogical laboratory. It describes the challenges teacher candidates have encountered, the impact of the experience on their learning and beliefs, the support and resources needed by the candidates, as well as the factors that might have contributed to differing experiences and perceptions in the pedagogical laboratory. Findings from this study may inform the design of similar field experience programs.

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Ma, Y., Lai, G., Williams, D., Prejean, L. & Ford, M.J. (2008). Exploring the Effectiveness of a Field Experience Program in a Pedagogical Laboratory: The Experience of Teacher Candidates. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 16(4), 411-433. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved June 17, 2019 from .

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