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The TPACK framework has been used to prepare prospective science teachers at the Public Authority of Applied Education and Training (PAAET) in Kuwait for technology integration in education. ...
The TPACK framework has been used to prepare prospective science teachers at the Public Authority of Applied Education and Training (PAAET) in Kuwait for technology integration in education. Prospective science teachers worked in teams to design a technological solution for a pedagogical problem that teachers usually face. Prospective science teachers were separated in two groups. The first group was coached by technology, pedagogy, and content experts (human support condition). The second group (blended support condition) was supported by using a blended approach, by which they had access to an online portal with different tutorials and examples and they also had the opportunity to meet with the technology, pedagogy and content experts whenever needed. From the literature there is strong evidence that a positive teacher attitude towards technology plays a critical role in the success of the technology integration process, but only a positive attitude to use technology in education is pointless if it is not supported with the necessary skills to use technology (Christensen & Knezek, 2008). In a pre-test post test design data were collected of prospective science teachers’ attitude toward ICT, their ICT skills, and their TPACK. The study showed that the attitude towards ICT, Technological Knowledge (TK) and technological skills were increased. This implies that the prospective teachers became more competent and confident in using technology. It was also found that there was significant growth in TPACK. However, it was found that the blended support condition had a higher increase in their Technological Knowledge (TK) and Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK), and their attitude toward computer as a tool for productivity and enjoyment compared to the human support condition. This indicates that the blended approach for supporting design teams could be a suitable method to enhance the development of TPACK.
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