What CATE did - an exploration of the effects of the CATE criteria on students' use of IT during teaching practice.

Dunn, S. and Ridgway, J. (1994) What CATE did - an exploration of the effects of the CATE criteria on students' use of IT during teaching practice. Journal of Information Technology for Teacher Education, 3 (1). pp. 39-50.

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Information technology (IT) has assumed an increasingly important role in the English primary school curriculum. The CATE criteria (DES, 1989b) require that student teachers develop competencies in teaching with IT if courses are to be accredited. Consequently, colleges have modified their policies and practices. To explore the effects of these changes, the experiences of a group of students were monitored over their four year course at Edge Hill College, and related to the experiences of students from a pre-CATE cohort The CATE group made more use of IT in each of their teaching practices, with every respondent reporting some use of IT. Word processing was the most common IT based activity; uses of LOGO and simulations were disappointingly low. Students' accounts of the benefits to pupils from using IT focused largely on improving skills in specific subject areas and computer skills, increasing motivation, and facilitating group and social skills. Little emphasis was placed on the development of thinking skills. Very few tutors offered help with IT on teaching practice; tutor skills, and in-school mentoring both appear to be barriers to development These data are related to on-going developments in the College. CATE has had, and continues to have, a direct effect upon College practices and these effects are visible in the classroom experiences of student teachers. Yet more progress is needed in developing student teachers' abilities to use IT in class; we conclude that IT development should be seen as the focus for long term development, like other professional skills.

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Journal of Information Technology for Teacher Education
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