Perceptions and Attitudes of Future Primary Education Teachers on Technology and Inclusive Education: A Mixed Methods Research

Perceptions and Attitudes of Future Primary Education Teachers on Technology and Inclusive Education: A Mixed Methods Research

Ana María Pinto-Llorente (University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain) and María Cruz Sánchez-Gómez (University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/JITR.2020070103
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Abstract

The goal of the current research was to explore the perceptions of the students in the last year of a degree in Primary Education towards technology and inclusive education. It employed a mixed method research with a combined use of qualitative and quantitative methods. The research population was comprised of 153 learners, and the quantitative sample consisted of 104 participants and the qualitative one 57. Quantitative data collection was conducted using a validated questionnaire, while the qualitative data were collected through individual semi-structured interviews. On analysing the results, it was emphasized the effectiveness of technology to design and implementation of inclusive practices. However, the results also pointed out the necessity to train students technically as well as pedagogically in the use of technological tools. Moreover, it was highlighted the lack of training in inclusive education and inclusive practices during the degree, training that students considered essential to be ready for their future careers.
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