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Designing Teacher Education Programs that Produce ICT Ready Graduates

  • Kathy JordanEmail author
  • Jennifer Elsden-Clifton
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 739)

Abstract

Teacher education providers have an important role to play in preparing the next generation of teachers to be able to use ICT in their future teaching practice. Government reports and research have consistently argued that graduates are ill-prepared in their use of ICT [1]. In Australia an increasing regulatory environment means that teacher education providers need to design programs that target the attainment of specific ICT professional standards. To contribute to the discussion of ICT challenges in teacher education, this small-scale study investigated where 69 pre-service teachers acquired the ICT skills/resources commonly used in primary and secondary schools. Findings suggest that many of the generalized skills/resources were learned in their everyday life prior to undertaking their teaching program, and that they acquired a lesser number through their university coursework and/or professional experience placements. A number of implications for teacher education conclude this paper.

Keywords

ICT Teacher education Pre-service teacher 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RMITMelbourneAustralia

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