Information Technology (IT) in education is essential to enhancing the quality of learning in an information society. There are many successful stories of adopting IT in education and yet there are very few studies to examine if the teachers are well prepared for this new shift of the education paradigm. The authors, computer lecturers at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd), attempted to compare the effectiveness of adopting IT technology, namely the World Wide Web (Web), with the library materials as learning media using a longitudinal study. The participants were pre-service student teachers studying at the HKIEd taking Computer Literacy (Information Technology) as one of their electives. Two groups of students, each group consisted of six students, participated in four studies. Each study consisted of: (1) a pre-test, (2) searching - using the Web in the first two studies and using the library (paper-based references) in the third and fourth studies - and (3) a post-test. All the questions asked in the pre-tests were asked again in the post-tests so that students well understood what to search for during the searching sessions and it was also easier to find out the usefulness of the searching exercises. Findings of pre-tests and post-tests will be discussed and attention will be paid to the results obtained when searching materials using the Web and using the library. The implications of this study will also be discussed. Copyright © 2000 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
|Title of host publication
|Proceedings of International Conference on Teacher Education 1999: Teaching effectiveness and teacher development in the new century
|Place of Publication
|Hong Kong Institute of Education
|Published - 2000