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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 4, No. 4 (2008) open journal systems 


Jordanian student teachers' use of computers to develop primary stage pupils' literacy skills

Ali Ahmad Al-Barakat
Ruba Fahmi Bataineh, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan


Abstract
This study uses semi-structured interviews to investigate 33 Jordanian student teachers' use of computers to develop young children's literacy skills. The data analysis shows that student teachers have a tendency to use the computer to develop young children's literacy skills. It further reveals that even though the time allotted to using computers for developing literacy skills is limited, a high degree of use is evident compared to its use with other skills stated in the school curriculum. The findings further reveal little diversity in the way computers are used to develop young children's literacy skills, with a few student teachers using computers as a resource for playing games, drill and practice, homework, and assessing children’s literacy skills, whereas the majority use them for presenting instructional content and designing instructional media and worksheets. In light of these findings, the authors put forth a number of recommendations for the Teacher Training Program at Yarmouk University, the Jordanian Ministry of Education, student teachers and future researchers.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556