The Use and Uptake of Information and Communication Technology: A Turkish Case of an Initial Teacher Education Department

The Use and Uptake of Information and Communication Technology: A Turkish Case of an Initial Teacher Education Department

Yasemin Kırkgöz (Çukurova University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4482-3.ch011
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Abstract

In common with many countries, teacher education in Turkey has been facing a period of rapidly changing demands with respect to the use of information and communication technology. This chapter presents a case study of an initial teacher education department in Turkey. The study focuses on prospective English language teachers’ views concerning various types of information and communication technology deployed by their teacher educators, their views of the information and communication technology-related course, their subsequent engagement of the information and communication technology, its emerging challenges, and their expectations to utilize information and communication technology in their future teaching. Data were collected using a questionnaire, interviews, and portraits of three teacher candidates. The results of the study reveal that the majority of the teacher candidates have positive perceptions towards integration of technology in their courses; however, they are aware of the lack of the pedagogical use of information and communication technology within their courses, and see the need for more use of such tools in their preservice teacher education programs.

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