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Preservice teachers teaching technology with robotics

Chalmers, Christina, Chandra, Vinesh, Hudson, Sue M., & Hudson, Peter B. (2012) Preservice teachers teaching technology with robotics. In Going for Gold! Reshaping teacher education for the future, Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA), Adelaide, S. Aust.

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Abstract

This study investigates the value of a robotics-based school engagement experience for preservice teachers enrolled in a fourth year technology education curriculum unit and analyses their perceived abilities and confidence to design and implement engaging technology activities following this experience. Technology is a key learning area in Australian schools but research shows that most teachers find this subject challenging to teach. This could be attributed to teachers’ attitudes and their lack of knowledge, hence investigating preservice teachers’ involvement with technology may provide further insights. In this study, 30 preservice teachers used robotics to implement technology activities with 22 primary school students from a school in a low socio-economic area. Surveys were administered to ascertain the preservice teachers' perceptions of their school engagement experiences. The data gathered from the participants showed that they had gained confidence and knowledge from the experience and felt the engagement activity would assist them to develop and implement technology activities in their future classrooms.

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ID Code: 51472
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Technology, teacher education, community engagement, robotics
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 please consult the authors
Deposited On: 06 Jul 2012 11:39
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2014 17:21

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