Title: Evaluating pre-service kindergarten teachers' intention to adopt and use tablets into teaching practice for natural sciences

Authors: Michail Kalogiannakis; Stamatios Papadakis

Addresses: Department of Preschool Education, Faculty of Education, University of Crete, Crete, Greece ' Department of Preschool Education, Faculty of Education, University of Crete, Crete, Greece

Abstract: Mobile technology is one of the dominating trends of educational applications for new technologies. Adapting smart mobile devices to teach the natural sciences in preschool education depends to a great extent, on whether the kindergarten teachers themselves believe that smart mobile devices contribute positively to their teaching methods. The current study uses the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) to examine how the skills of pre-service kindergarten teachers' in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) and their attitude towards the use of mobile devices affect their willingness to use smart mobile devices to teach natural sciences in kindergarten. The survey participants comprised 75 students from a Greek university, and several constructs related to technology acceptance were measured. As there are many ICT tools that teachers can use to support teaching and learning, the results indicate that the pre-service teachers' attitude toward the usefulness of mobile learning in the teaching process has the strongest influence on their intention to adopt mobile learning followed equally by perceived ease of use.

Keywords: pre-service kindergarten teachers; natural sciences; mobile devices.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2019.096479

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2019 Vol.13 No.1, pp.113 - 127

Received: 05 Mar 2018
Accepted: 28 Jun 2018

Published online: 03 Oct 2018 *

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