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Barriers to Success December 6, 2007

Posted by Michael McVey in Online Tools.
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IES   The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the report “Educational Technology in Teacher Education Programs for Initial Licensure” http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008040

This report detailed findings from “Educational Technology in Teacher Education Programs for Initial Licensure,” a survey that was designed to provide policy makers, researchers, educators, and administrators with timely baseline information on a range of topics involving educational technology and teacher education programs for initial licensure at 4-year postsecondary institutions.

 I wonder about the self reporting nature of the Colleges of Education. At my previous school, the state had no mandate to teach technology to pre-service teachers. My former institution would not be able to justify the statement that their graduates were prepared to integrate technology. What was interesting to me was that many institutions reported a variety of barriers impeding efforts to prepare teacher candidates to use educational technology within both program coursework and field experiences.

These impediments included competing priorities in the classroom (74 percent), available technology infrastructure in the schools (73 percent), and lack of training or skill (64 percent), time (62 percent), and willingness (53 percent) on the part of supervising teachers to integrate technology in their classrooms.  In my own experiences, there are a lot of supervisory teachers in the field who felt no need at all to discuss technology in the classroom as anything more than an ad on to the existing curriculum. The idea of technology integration had not yet gripped with ease teachers and these were the teachers with whom our students were often linked. 

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