Technology and Teacher Education

SSHRC Fund (2007-2010): Seeds of Possibility: Mentoring K-7 Educators’ ICT Ecology of Cognition (Don Krug, Principal Investigator, Stephen Petrina Co-Investigator).
This research investigates of the development of teacher candidate perspectives and practices regarding the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) within the two-year elementary program at the British Columbia and during their first year of induction into the teaching profession. Data will be collected on local, provincial, and federal ICT policies regarding the use of ICT in K-7 school cultures. Our research employs survey, case study, and critical inquiry intervention methodologies, as a way to study these teacher candidates’ evolving ICT knowledge in relationship to educational change. In particular we want to know: “What enables or hinders beginning education professionals from using ICT throughout their teacher training and first two years in the profession?” When introduced into K-7 settings, ICT effectiveness is too often assumed; however, it has seldom been critically assessed. This research will develop a critical analysis of conditions of educational change so as to assist BC education professionals in their own efficacy toward using ICT within evolving K-7 school cultures.

Ministry of Education funded (2000- 2010): Gaalen Erickson, Principal Investigator, Oksana Bartosh, Robert Bruce, Teresa Dobson, Jim Gaskell, Ruth Guo, Jolie Mayer-Smith, Cynthia Nicol, and Stephen Petrina, Co-Investigators

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 

Arntzen, J. & Krug, D. (2011). ICT ecologies of learning: Active socially engaged learning, resiliency and leadership, In Steven D’Agustino (Ed.), Adaptation, Resistance and Access to Instructional Technologies: Assessing Future Trends in Education (pp. 332-354). IGI Global.

Krug, D. & Arntzen, J. (2010). Ecologies of learning: Efficacious learning and ICT pedagogical and technological adaptability. In Siran Mukerji and Purnendu Tripathi (Eds.), Cases on Interactive Technology Environments and Transnational Collaboration: Concerns and Perspectives (pp. 74-93). IGI Global.

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.

Petrina, S. & Guo, R. (2007). Developing a large-scale assessment of technological literacy. In M. Hoepfl & M. Lindstrom (Eds.), Assessment in technology education (pp. 157-180). New York: Glencoe-McGraw Hill.

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

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.

Petrina, S. (2007). Advanced teaching methods for the technology classroom. Hershey, PA: Information Science, Inc. (400 pp.)

Krug, D., Arntzen, J., Collins, C., Freston, G., Humphries, J., Layzell, A., Kennedy, E., Liu, A., MacDonald, T.,  McKenna, K., Mckenzie, K., Morissette, S., Ricketts, K., Skoglund, M., Wang, Y.,  & Zhang, Z., (2006). Teacher Education Students Sow Seeds of Possibility: Teaching and Learning with Information and Communication Technologies, Proceedings from the Westcast Conference. Languages of Learning, (February 15-18). University of British Columbia.

Krug, D., Echols, F., Wynston, G., & Seeds Graduate Mentors (2005-06). Report:  The Seeds of Possibility: Integrating ICT into the Teacher Education Two-year Elementary Program. Faculty of Education Dean’s Learning Technology Funds, The University of British Columbia. 1-12.

Krug, D. (2005). Pedagogy, Multimedia, and Distance Education: Developing Critical Inquiry through Virtual Communities and Communication Spaces. Building Global Learning Communities,  BCED Online Conference, Richmond, British Columbia. Webcast:

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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