ICT and internet usage in early childhood education : a comparative study of Australian and Malaysian teachers' beliefs and current practices

Mohamed Zaki, Filzah Zahilah (2013) ICT and internet usage in early childhood education : a comparative study of Australian and Malaysian teachers' beliefs and current practices. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

The thesis is a comparative study of ICTs and Internet use of Australian and Malaysian early childhood teachers in terms of their personal and professional comfort with ICTs, pedagogical beliefs, and their reported classroom practice. The study discovered teachers from both countries as relatively comfortable with digital technologies and the Internet, with most teachers held positive beliefs about ICT usage. The structural barriers in classrooms include lack of Internet access and the wide gap that exists between teachers’ positive beliefs and classroom practice. The study suggests the need for strategic and targeted professional development for teachers.

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ID Code: 63895
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Danby, Susan, Hansen, Julie, & Thorpe, Karen
Keywords: early childhood education, preschool, ICT and Internet usage, comparative study, teachers’ beliefs , clasroom practices, survey, technology integration, Australia, Malaysia
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 04 Nov 2013 00:39
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015 23:24

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