Understanding the best way to embed ICT in teacher education

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Every Australian school teacher is required to include instruction in information and communication technology (ICT) in their teaching. Thus, ICT in education, including technological, pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK), needs to be taught to every pre-service teacher (PST). A drop in the digital competence of high school students suggests many PSTs may not be reaching the levels of ICT competence envisaged to deliver the Australian Curriculum. Universities are grappling with the most effective way to address this. This paper focuses on the effectiveness of embedding ICT in education units in two different ways. Qualitative data was collected from PSTs from units in which ICT was actively embedded: in one, ICT was embedded as a content delivery tool only; in the other, PSTs were additionally required to create a digital learning object as part of the assessment task employing experiential learning. Findings indicate that when PSTs are required to create using digital technologies they gain a deeper understanding of TPACK and have greater intention to use ICT in their future classrooms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTomorrow’s Learning
Subtitle of host publicationInvolving Everyone. Learning with and about Technologies and Computing
EditorsArthur Tatnell, Mary Webb
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319743103
ISBN (Print)9783319743097
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
EventIFIP World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE) 2017 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 Jul 20176 Jul 2017
Conference number: 11th
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-74310-3 (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


ConferenceIFIP World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE) 2017
Abbreviated titleWCCE 2017
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  • Computers and society
  • Experiential learning
  • Information and communication
  • Initial teacher education
  • Technology

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