Education students' views on the integration of ICT into their undergraduate learning experiences

Watson, Glenice and Proctor, Romina M. J. and Finger, Glenn and Lang, Wayne (2005) Education students' views on the integration of ICT into their undergraduate learning experiences. In: Effective Teaching and Learning Conference 2004, 4-5 Nov 2004, Brisbane, Australia.

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It is well understood that university graduates, regardless of discipline, must have appropriate information and communication technology (ICT) competencies to function and be employable in the modern world. Universities have been encouraged to develop action plans for ICT literacy and to introduce means of auditing ICT literacy levels of students. In addition, education graduates have had additional responsibility to develop ICT competencies to support student learning. The extent to which this is actually being achieved is less well understood. This paper reports on the second phase of a research project to audit the ICT experiences of teacher education undergraduates. The first phase collected survey data that explored the students' competence with ICT applications and their confidence with ICT integration in their teaching pedagogy, and is reported elsewhere. This paper reports on interviews with students to provide in-depth understanding of their ICT experiences as undergraduates. It supports survey findings that considerable difference exists between individual experiences within and between programs depending on course selection, study plans and personal inclination. It also raises serious questions about the capacity of many graduates to undertake ICT aspects of their profession without extensive and immediate further professional development. The paper concludes by exploring how some of this variance can be addressed to ensure that graduates are more ICT capable.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright remains with the authors 2004.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2012 04:42
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2013 23:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: ICT; integration; teacher education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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