Can new teachers be ICT change-agents?

Fluck, Andrew and Dowden, Tony (2010) Can new teachers be ICT change-agents? In: International Education Research Conference (AARE 2009): Inspiring Innovative Research in Education, 29 Nov-3 Dec 2009, Canberra, Australia.

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Abstract

Information and communication technology (ICT) has changed society. Yet schools have been largely untouched. For a change like business process re-engineering to occur in schools, it has been proposed that pre-service teachers should bring new ideas into institutions. There are tensions associated with the engagement of pre-service teachers as ICT change-agents. They represent a new generation and schools can expect them to encapsulate new ways of learning, of teaching. However they are apprentices to a profession, without power in the school organisation. The aims of this research were to examine a cohort of pre-service teachers' beliefs about ICT to establish a baseline and gauge their preparedness for change-agency. Using a mixture of new and pre-calibrated items, we surveyed 53 initial pre-service teachers on their attitudes to computers, teaching philosophy, ICT beliefs and both experienced and expected classroom computer use. The findings showed that overwhelmingly, they want their future pupils to use computers more frequently than occurred in their own schooling. The ICT beliefs variable significantly correlated (p=.002) with expected future classroom computer use, but did not meet accepted standards of reliability (alpha = 0.31). This elicited discussion about the naivety of respondents or the ill-formed nature of a common view about ICT-led transformation in schooling. In their prospective training, the group favoured learning about using the computer as an educational tool in the classroom over enhancing their computer skills. This paper discusses how ICT beliefs shape teacher training to better prepare pre-service teachers to become change-agents. One important point is that a common view of ICT-based transformation in schooling has yet to emerge. We also suggest, in a time when curricula are increasingly devised within the local school, that pre-service teachers need to become engaged in this level of planning.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No restrictions
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2013 03:53
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 00:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: pre-service teachers; ICT
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
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23955

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