Date of Award

4-2014

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Brian Horvitz

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Leneway

Third Advisor

Dr. Sharon Peterson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Considering the 21st - century children’s characteristics and needs, teachers need to realize the importance and necessity of educational technology integration, and understand how to use technology to facilitate student-centered instruction and achieve meaningful outcomes. Also, teacher education colleges need to provide pre-service teachers with practical activities using educational technologies prior to their teaching career. This will encourage new generation learners to learn with technology.

This study was conducted at a national university in Japan with 67 pre-service teacher participants. The five central research questions of this study were specifically focused assessing the course takers’ learning expectations in educational technology content, technological skills, and learning environments, through their respective teacher education program. This study addresses the questions, “What skills and applications do pre-service teacher think will improve/enhance the Media Tool course and, thus, help them to further develop their technology skills?” and “Do the skills that pre-service teachers perceived they learned through the Media Tool course align with the Japanese National Standards of Teachers’ Pedagogical Skills in ICT?”

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