Date of Award

1993

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

School

School of Education

Program

Leadership PhD

First Advisor

William H. Green

Second Advisor

Paul H. Denton

Third Advisor

Bruce Closser

Abstract

Topic. The initial focus of this study was the computer and related instructional technology training of preservice teachers. Two areas related to the study, (1) graduate-level instruction in computers and related instructional technologies and (2) research and development in the area of computers in instruction, were also surveyed, with the intent of exploring their relationship to the training of preservice teachers and their influence on instruction in general.

Purpose. The purpose of this study was to describe training, research, and development in computers and related instructional technologies at three NCATE universities which were identified as doing a good job of preparing teachers to teach in the Information Age.

Sources. Using a qualitative case study research method, five research questions concerning the computer and related instructional technology training of preservice teachers were addressed. Semi-structured interviews, informal interviews, observations, questionnaires, NCATE documents, school of education bulletins, class syllabi, and handouts were used in the cross-case analysis.

Conclusions. The findings from the research questions provide other teacher preparation programs with models for development, new ideas, and fresh approaches.

Findings from an exploration of the two areas related to the study support the opinions of many educators who think that the delivery of instruction is changing and that technology is playing an important role in that change. Distance education, multi/hyper/interactive media, and technical skills necessary to access, manipulate, store, and retrieve information are perceived as growing inimportance, due to the demands of the Information Age.

Subject Area

Teachers--Training of, Computer-assisted instruction, Educational technology

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