Raising Expectations for Pre-Service Teacher Use of Technology
Lisa D. Murley, Pamela Jukes, Rebecca Stobaugh
This paper is a summary of the findings of a research study established to assess pre-service teacher use of technology at an American university in the teacher education program. The data examination was focused on the technology standard of the Teacher Work Sample (TWS), the pre-service teacher culminating project. The TWS is a unit of study that served as an authentic assessment for pre-service teachers and required a demonstration of proficiency in designing, implementing, evaluating, and reflecting upon instruction. The data from a recently revised version of the TWS were compared to a prior version of the TWS. The revised version included higher expectations than in the past; such as pre-service teachers must use technology for promoting critical thinking skills, with K-12 students in the student teaching classroom, and for a real-life task. The results of the study included targeted areas for improvement in programmatic design.
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