CEC Faculty Articles

Title

Increasing preservice teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs for technology integration

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2004

Publication Title

Journal of Research on Technology in Education

ISSN or ISBN

1539-1523

Volume

36

Issue

3

First Page

231

Last Page

250

Description

This study was designed to explore how vicarious learning experiences and goal setting influence preservice teachers’ self-efficacy for integrating technology into the classroom. Two hundred and eighty students, enrolled in an introductory educational technology course at a large Midwestern university, participated. Students were divided into eighteen lab sections, which were assigned to one of four conditions (three experimental and one control). Pre- and post-surveys were administered to examine participants’ self-efficacy beliefs for technology integration. Results showed significant treatment effects for vicarious experiences and goal setting on participants’ judgments of self-efficacy for technology integration. A significantly more powerful effect was found when vicarious learning experiences and goal setting were both present compared to when only one of the two factors was present. Therefore, from the perspective of teacher educators, the use of vicarious learning experiences and the incorporation of specific goals may help preservice teachers develop the confidence they need to become effective technology users within their own classrooms.

DOI

10.1080/15391523.2004.10782414

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