Brown Bag Seminar: Tim Fütterer, University of Tübingen, Germany
Speaker: Tim Fütterer, Hector Institute for Educational Sciences and Psychology, University of Tübingen, Germany.
Title: Getting teachers ready to teach in a digitized world: Insight into different approaches
Abstract: Integrating technology (e.g., digital devices or software programs) in classrooms is an important goal of education systems in the 21st century. Therefore, it is important that teachers are well prepared to teach with technology. We present two studies addressing this issue from different perspectives. The first study explores the question of how motivational, cognitive, and personality characteristics predict in-service teachers' intention to participate in digitization-related professional development. For this purpose, data from a school trial (RCT) from Germany on the use of technology in classrooms are used (N = 406). In the second study, the question of how to measure technological knowledge (TK) of in-service teachers reliably and validly is addressed. The idea is to extend a recently developed Rasch-scaled test of teachers' technological operating skills (a subdimension of TK) to other subdimensions of TK. Both studies are work in progress, which means that exchange of ideas and feedback on open questions are desirable.