Two factors form the research context for this study —practicum opportunities to integrate ICT effectively, and pedagogical integration of ICT during pre-service education. In particular, the study address a major gap identified in the research literature: what is being done differently in programs and in field placements that better prepares pre-service teachers to teach in the 21st century?
The Deans of faculties of education in each of the degree granting institutions in Alberta—the University of Lethbridge, University of Calgary, University of Alberta, King’s University College and Concordia University College of Alberta—nominated sites and/or environments in which they felt emerging practices in teacher preparation would yield insight into innovations that were particularly effective in preparing and supporting pre-service teachers to use technology for teaching and learning within the framework for ICT established by the Alberta Program of Studies. These sites and/or environments included university courses and experiences as well as field placements. Coming to Teaching in the 21st Century was created through the support of Alberta Learning, and in collaboration with representatives from Alberta Learning and the province’s five universities, each of which prepares teachers for their work with the children and youth of this province.
Research was conducted by Dr. Sharon Friesen and Dr. Patricia Clifford of the Galileo
Educational Network, with the support of Dr. Jennifer Lock of the University of Calgary.
Clifford, P., Friesen, S. & Lock, J. (2004). Coming to teaching in the 21st century: A research study conducted by the Galileo Educational Network.