Technology and Teacher Education

Gaalen Erickson, Principal Investigator, Oksana Bartosh, Robert Bruce, Teresa Dobson, Jim Gaskell, Ruth Guo, Jolie Mayer-Smith, Cynthia Nicol, and Stephen Petrina, Co-Investigators

Ministry of Education funded (2000- present)

This project examines the relationships between the ways in which pre-service teachers were being prepared to use digital learning technologies (DLTs) and the practices occurring in the school system.  The BC Ministry of Education is interested in obtaining feedback on the potential impact of a professional development program (using a mentorship model) that they had initiated in the late 1990s focusing on supporting teachers in grades 5 through 10 in their use of DLTs in their classrooms. In response to this call for proposals an open invitation was sent by Gaalen Erickson to faculty members, sessional and staff members, and graduate students to meet with Ministry representatives who explained the nature of this funding initiative. A research committee was subsequently established and we developed and submitted a proposal entitled “A self-study of technology practices in the Faculty of Education at U.B.C.”

Selected Publications from the Technology and Teacher Education Project

MA & PhD Theses from the Technology and Teacher Education Project:

Guo, Ruth. (2006). Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy in Teacher Education: A Case Study of the University of British Columbia. Ph.D. Dissertation.

Selected Publications
Petrina, S., Bartosh, O., Guo, R. & Stanley-Wilson, L. (2008). ICT literacies and policies in teacher education: A survey of preservice teachers at the University of British Columbia, 2001-2007. In T. Di Petta (Ed.), The Emperor’s new computer (pp. 87-108). Amsterdam: Sense.

Guo, R. X., Dobson, T. & Petrina, S. (2008). Digital natives, digital immigrants: An analysis of age and ICT competency in teacher education. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 38(3), 235-254.

Selected Presentations
Bartosh, O., Guo, R., Dobson, T., Erickson, G., Mayer-Smith, J., Petrina, S. & Stanley-Wilson, L. (2005, May 26-31) “All Judgments are up to you”: Preservice teachers’ attitudes toward technology at the University of British Columbia, 2001-2004. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, London, ON. (23 pp.)

Petrina, S. (2005, April 15-16). Automation of education, 1924-1934. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association and Society for the Study of Curriculum History, Montreal, QC. (25 pp.)

Guo, R., Dobson, T., Bartosh, O., Erickson, G., Mayer-Smith, J. & Petrina, S. (2005, April 11-15) Gender and digital learning technologies in teacher education: The case of the University of British Columbia, 2001-2004. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, QC. (23 pp.)

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