Research Snippets from a 1:1 Laptop Teacher Education Program, 2002-2011
We share with you our final presentation from the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in April, 2011. Yes, we were busy!
In this presentation, Helena Yoon, a Ph.D. candidate, Minwook Ok, Ph.D. student, and I developed this presentation to provide a glimpse into our longitudinal research of a teacher education program that is also a "1:1 laptop" program which means that all the students are required to have a laptop during their university teacher preparation program.
In this presentation, we provide a broad overview of our work and a few specific examples. We describe the change in the program that occured in 2002. Then we show that through 2007, some simple evaluation data was collected by the university. Beginning in 2008, my research group began a longitudinal study of the program. For the last three years, we've been collecting data about preservice teachers' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.
Then, we go on to show some of the data snapshots including:
- Instructors' and students' use of laptops from Spring 2004-Spring 2007
- The highly used applications, according to students (Sp '04- Sp '07)
- Students' knowledge, attitudes, and behavoriors (2008 & 2009)
- Types of technological knowledge (TPACK) evidenced in rationales for their most valuable learning technologies (2008 & 2009)
- Preservice teacher case studies in Special Education cohort (2010-2011)
In the session at AERA, Dr. Thomas Brush, Professor and Associate Dean of Teacher Education at Indiana University, was the discussant who provided feedback and commentary on the three papers in the session. In regards to our paper, we much appreciated his compliment that our longitudinal study "blew my mind." He and others in the audience highly encouraged its continuance.
These data are samples, but we did write a compilation paper to support this presentation - please email Dr. Joan Hughes if you would like to read it. Some of this research is currently "in press," "under review," and in progress.