Pre-Service Teachers As Digital Natives: The Myths, The Controversy, And How They Describe Themselves

ID: 52139 Type: Brief Paper
  1. David Mulder, Dordt College, United States

Wednesday, March 28 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Location: Edison G View on map

Presider: Alison Egan, Marino Institute of Education, Ireland

Abstract: In the years since Prensky (2001) introduced the metaphor of digital natives and digital immigrants, the label of "digital natives" has been pervasively applied to the younger generations Today's pre-service teachers are often described as "digital natives," due to their age, and the generation of which they are part However, there is a growing number of voices calling the idea of digital natives into question This paper is presents a study in which pre-service teachers at a comprehensive college located in the upper Midwestern United States are surveyed to explore their self-perceptions related to the idea of being digital natives The Digital Native Assessment Scale (Teo, 2013) is used as an instrument, in which pre-service teachers rate their own beliefs and behaviors popularly connoted with the concept of digital natives Implications for practice for teacher educators will be explored


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