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Digital Divides: Experiences and Beliefs of Education Students in Ireland PROCEEDINGS

, , , , Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This paper considers refinements of Prensky’s concept of digital native/immigrant, and addresses the notions of Teacher Role Identity and teacher beliefs. It then reports on a project examining responses made by university Education students (preservice, newly qualified and experienced teachers) to questions about the extent, purpose and quality of usage of technology that they have experienced and that they envisage, personally and professionally. The pilot study reported here offers some evidence against Prensky’s classification and indicates areas in which the data collection instruments can be improved.

Citation

FitzGibbon, A., Girvan, C., Oldham, E. & Mc Loughlin, H. (2010). Digital Divides: Experiences and Beliefs of Education Students in Ireland. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (pp. 2460-2465). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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