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Expanding the View of Preservice Teachers’ Computer Literacy: Implications from Written and Verbal Data and Metaphors as Freehand Drawings
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, University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 8, Number 3, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Changes in attitudes towards computers and basic computer skills of preschool teachers participating in a two year, school-based teacher training program were examined. Written respons-es to a pre/post administration of the Computer Attitude Survey and computer skills survey, freehand drawings of metaphors ex-pressing computer use, and verbal responses from an interview at the conclusion of their program form the database. Quantita-tive analyses indicate that students made significant changes in attitudes toward computers in overall attitudes and on three of four dimensions. Small, but significant, gains were made in over-all computer skills. Proximity of school sites to the university and a combination of an introductory technology course and computer integration in coursework appear to influence overall attitude and three of the attitudinal dimensions, but not comput-er skill acquisition. Degree of participation in instructional col-lege computing does not appear to influence attitude or skill de-velopment. Prior computer use is related only to students' "lik-ing computers." Strong interrater reliability is shown for judg-ments of students' drawn metaphors. Subsequent correlation of these scores with results from the attitudinal survey, coupled with qualitative analysis of themes in metaphors, suggest the va-lidity of continued exploration of this approach to investigate and to support deep reflection on computer usage.

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Sherry, A.C. (2000). Expanding the View of Preservice Teachers’ Computer Literacy: Implications from Written and Verbal Data and Metaphors as Freehand Drawings. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 8(3), 187-218. Charlottesville, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved September 16, 2019 from .

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