On the cusp of change: examining pre-service teachers' beliefs about ICT and envisioning the digital classroom of the future

Fluck, A. and Dowden, T. (2013) On the cusp of change: examining pre-service teachers' beliefs about ICT and envisioning the digital classroom of the future. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 29 (1). pp. 43-52. ISSN 0266-4909


Few contemporary pre-service teachers would have completed their schooling with the extensive aid of computers. Yet classroom use of information and communication technology (ICT) is now ubiquitous in much of the world. Today's pre-service teachers are the 'cusp generation' who, at a unique moment in history, straddle the two worlds of the ballpoint pen and the computer mouse. This study examined pre-service teachers' beliefs about their stakeholder role in terms of influencing ICT innovation and adoption. The pre-service teachers expected their future pupils to learn with computers much more extensively than they had; but their beliefs about the transformative use of ICT in schooling were divergent. To address these findings, a teaching intervention was designed which enabled pre-service teachers to 'envision' their practice in the digital classroom of the future. This involved the generation of new learning outcomes only achievable using ICT in pedagogy and assessment, and unfettered by the confines of the traditional pre-digital curriculum. Ninety five percent of the cohort was assessed as completing the intervention successfully. This paper finishes by discussing methods of equipping the cusp generation to negotiate the tensions inherent between current classroom practice and the rapid emergence of digital technologies in schools.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2013 06:17
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 23:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: envisioning; ICT; learning outcomes; teacher education; transformation
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2729.2011.00464.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23164

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