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Title: Singaporean and Taiwanese pre-service teachers’ beliefs and their attitude towards ICT: A comparative study
Authors: Chai, Ching Sing
Hong, Huang-Yao
Teo, Timothy Kheng Guan
Keywords: Epistemological beliefs
Pedagogical beliefs
Attitudes toward ICT
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Paper presented at the 16th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2008), Taipei, Taiwan, 27 - 31 October 2008
Abstract: Teachers’ epistemological and pedagogical beliefs and their attitude about ICT are identified as the second-order barrier for the integration of ICT into classrooms. In this paper, we report the findings obtained from our recent survey and conducted among Singaporean and Taiwanese pre-service teachers (N=108). The results indicate that the teachers’ epistemological beliefs were generally relativistic. They were also inclined to believe rather strongly the constructivist notion of teaching. The profile we obtained in this study seems to suggest that pre-service teachers from Singapore and Taiwan are holding beliefs that are congruent to the education reform efforts. However, the teachers’ attitude about ICT use does not seem to relate to their epistemological and pedagogical beliefs. The findings suggest that further effort needs to be taken in order to foster more productive use of ICT to support constructivism-oriented teaching. These results need to be verified with further study.
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