Course design features influencing preservice teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs in their ability to support students’ use of ICT
Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education
Taylor & Francis
School of Education
This study explores how using action plans, SMART goals, personal learning networking and peer teaching in a first-year education technology course influence pre-service teachers’ (PSTs’) self-efficacy beliefs in their technological pedagogical knowledge (TPK) and technological content knowledge (TCK). Pre- and post-course survey items from the Teaching Teachers for the Future project were administered to examine PSTs’ judgements of their self-efficacy to support students’ use ICT in the classroom, including digital and robotics technologies. Results showed a significant increase in PSTs’ confidence in using ICT in the classroom with the strongest effect-size for supporting students’ use of robotics and digital technologies (r > 0.5). Course design features are discussed with reference to the corresponding impact on PST self-efficacy with recommendations for improvements to practice.