Monday, April 29, 2013

Integrating problem-based learning with ICT for developing student-teachers’ content knowledge and teaching skill

Mehdi Karami, Shahid Madani University of Azerbaijan, Iran
Zohreh Karami, Farhangian University of Hamadan, Iran
Mohammad Attaran, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The aim of this research was studying the effect of integrating problem-based learning with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) on developing content knowledge and teaching skill of trainee teachers. The research design was a quasi-experimental one, and the participants were elementary education trainee teachers of Shahid Bahonar teacher training center of Hamadan, Iran. Two groups were given tests of theory and practice on teaching mathematical concepts at elementary school, and then a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was conducted to compare the pretest-posttest scores. There was a significant difference, in both multivariate and univariate analyses, in scores. The findings suggest that trainee teachers who integrate problem-based learning with ICT in solving a problem may develop more professional content knowledge and teaching skill than those who merely employ ICT.

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