Title: Researching technological and mathematical knowledge (TCK) of undergraduate primary teachers

Authors: Spyros Doukakis, Maria Chionidou-Moskofoglou, Eleni Mangina-Phelan, Petros Roussos

Addresses: Dept. of Primary Education, University of the Aegean, Grevenon 38, 152 34, Halandri, Greece. ' Dept. of Primary Education, University of the Aegean, Demokratias 1, 85 100, Rhodes, Greece. ' School of Computer Science and Informatics, College of Engineering Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. ' Faculty of Psychology, School of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panep/poli, 15784 Athens, Ilissia, Greece

Abstract: Twenty-five final-year undergraduate students of primary education who were attending a six month course on mathematics education participated in a research project during the 2009 spring semester. A repeated measures experimental design was used. Quantitative data on students| computer attitudes, self-efficacy in ICT, attitudes toward educational software, and self-efficacy in maths were collected. Data analysis showed a statistically non-significant improvement on participants| computer attitudes and self-efficacy in ICT and educational software, but a significant improvement of self-efficacy in mathematics. In addition, it seemed that the crucial factors for the integration of educational software and scenarios into the teaching of mathematics are positive attitudes towards ICT – educational software and self-efficacy in technological tools and mathematics.

Keywords: undergraduate teachers; student teachers; teacher training; primary schools; technological knowledge; pedagogical knowledge; content knowledge; TPACK; self-efficacy; mathematics education; ICT; educational software; information technology; communications technology; mathematical knowledge; student attitudes; computer attitudes; data analysis; teaching scenarios; technological tools; universities; higher education; Greece; technology enhanced learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2010.035739

International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2010 Vol.2 No.4, pp.372 - 382

Published online: 03 Oct 2010 *

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