Effect of Teachers' Professional Development in Media Technology on Preschoolers Learning in Rural Settings
Thursday, June 22 10:45 AM-11:15 AM Location: Bell
Abstract: In rural areas of Pakistan, students do not have many opportunities to learn through learning media. In this mixed methods study, teachers were trained to use learning media in their classrooms. This study assessed preschoolers learning of mathematics and the English language. Also, the researcher recorded teachers’ frustration and motivation towards learning technology. The participants of the study were 80 nursery students and two English and math teachers. Data were collected through a semi-structured interview protocol, biographical survey, and English and math tests. The findings showed the use of learning media such as videos remarkably enhanced students’ learning of math numbers and English alphabet in experimental classrooms. Also, the findings revealed the effective delivery of the content with videos and students’ engagement motivated teachers. However, the lack of funds and technology training was the biggest frustration for teachers.