Use of blogs in pre-service teacher education to improve student engagement


Cakir H.

COMPUTERS & EDUCATION, vol.68, pp.244-252, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 68
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.compedu.2013.05.013
  • Journal Name: COMPUTERS & EDUCATION
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.244-252
  • Keywords: Post-secondary education, Teaching/learning strategies, Cooperative/collaborative learning, Improving classroom teaching, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, ICT, INTEGRATION, REFLECTION, STRATEGIES, COMMUNITY, COURSES
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Web 2.0 technologies allow average computer users to be able to publish on the Internet without having to know complex computer technical knowledge, which gives these technologies powerful potential to facilitate student engagement in various learning environments. However, a knowledge gap exists in the literature related to factors affecting student engagement with Web 2.0 technologies. The purpose of this study is to understand factors affecting student engagement in a pre-service teacher education program that uses blogs to expand in-class discussions about technology integration. First year pre-service teachers in a mathematics education department participated in the study. Data were collected with a survey that was developed to measure student engagement with blog use. Results show that student motivation, reasons to use blog in the course, and level of challenge perceived by the students affect students' engagement with blog use. Gender and technical ability of students do not impact students' engagement. As a result, blogs can be utilized to expand in-class discussions equally well for all students. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.