The Relation between Teacher Candidates' Learning Styles and Computer Anxiety and Attitudes towards Technology
Teachers are the most important factors in bringing about changes and supporting development in education. Because the main factor that makes education meaningful, functional, effective and efficient are teachers. In terms of the modern approaches, teachers are people who are expected to apply and use the information technologies and establish the connection between students and information technologies. Consequently, the teacher candidates should be educated and trained as teachers who have positive attitudes towards technology and can use computers efficiently. Furthermore, recent studies show that the individual differences of teacher candidates are as important as the positive attitudes towards technology. So the learning styles of students should be considered during all educational activities diligently.
The purpose of the study is to determine the relation between the teacher candidates’learning styles, computer self efficacies and their attitudes towards technology. The research was carried out with a total of 300 teacher candidates who were enrolled in the fourth classes of English as a Foreign Language Program, Turkish Teacher Training Program, Mathematics Teacher Training Program, Pre-School Education Program, Primary School Education Program, and Primary Science Education Program in 2008-2009 academic year. Kolb Learning Styles Inventory”, “Computer Self-Efficacy Scale” and “Technology Attitude Scale” were used as data collection instruments.
Keywords: Teacher Candidates, Learning Styles, Computer Self-Efficacy, Technology Attitudes
Dr. Nil Yildiz Duban
Assistant Professor Doctor, Department of Primary Education
Dr. Gülriz İmer
Assistant Professor Doctor