Educational Technology in Kuwait: Pre-service Teachers’ Perception and Intent

ID: 49323 Type: Virtual Paper
  1. Tojan Al-Sharef, Baaska Anderson, and Janet Strivens, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Abstract: An important element of educational reform in the digital age is the preparation of future teachers, especially in the effective use of ICT in the classroom. While the State of Kuwait has made efforts to reform the education system, there is a lack of evidence that assesses the impact of these reforms. This study examined Kuwait pre-service teachers’ perceptions toward ICT integration in education. Specifically, confidence using, intent to integrate ICT in future teaching, and attitude toward ICT in education were examined, as well as relationships between these variables were examined. Results suggest that while the majority of Kuwait pre-service teachers have a positive attitude toward the use of ICT in education, only about half feel confident and plan to integrate ICT in their future teaching practice. Those who feel confident also plan to integrate ICT in their future teaching practices. Interestingly, the relationship between confidence and attitude was not as strong as expected.

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