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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 9, No. 1 (2013) open journal systems 


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


Abstract
Professional teachers can guarantee the progress and the promotion of society because fostering the development of next generation is up to them and depends on their professional knowledge which has two kinds of sources; content knowledge and teaching skill. The aim of the present 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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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556