Assessment of the Curriculum Design of a Science Teaching Method: Increasing Pre-service Teachers’ Teaching Skills Using ICT

ID: 50945 Type: Full Paper
  1. Takeshi Kitazawa, Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan
  2. Satoru Fujitani, Mejiro University, Japan
  3. Toru Fukumoto, National Institute for Educational Policy Research, Japan

Tuesday, March 7 2:15-2:45 PM

Presider:
Kahoko Matsumoto, Tokai University, Japan, Japan

This paper reports the findings of a study on teacher-training programs for elementary school science education. In an effort to increase pre-service teachers’ teaching skills that involve using information and communication technology (ICT), a design experiment approach was used at a Japanese university. In Study 1, pre-service teachers discussed the strengths and weaknesses of using ICT materials in practice. They then conducted a trial lesson using ICT. The findings indicate that their teaching skills were increased—not only for using ICT in researching teaching materials and preparing for instruction, but also in class instruction. However, we observed that their skills used in teaching students how to use ICT in class did not increase. Therefore, in Study 2, the pre-service teachers conducted a trial lesson in which not only the teacher but also the students used ICT for learning in class. The results showed an increase in the skills used to teach ICT in class.

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