TEACHER CANDIDATES’ VIEWS ON THE FUNCTIONING OF COMPUTER COURSES İN THE FACULTY OF EDUCATION
Developed due to changes in community life brought by the 21. Century, in the educational institutions, which are directly related with the education of individuals, the teachers should guide the individuals in using these technologies. At this point, education teacher candidates receive during their undergraduate work have an importance to increase their technology competences. In faculties of education, the teacher candidates take Computer I and Computer II courses for two semesters to develop this technology competences. In this context, by taking the views of the teacher candidates, it was aimed to give a description of the quality, functioning process and objectives of the computer courses they attended.
The study group of this qualitative study is made up of 227 teacher candidates studying at various departments of the Nigde University’s Faculty of Education during the 2012-2013 academic year. The teacher candidates were asked to express their views on the quality, functioning process and objectives of the computer courses they attended in writing. The data obtained from the written texts were grouped under general categories titled “Strategy”, “Objective”, “Content”, “Method” and “Assessment and Evaluation”, and were subjected to content analysis. At the end of the study, it was found that the teacher candidates did not internalize these concepts. Also, it was found that in the “Method” and “Assessment and Evaluation” categories, where candidates confuse these two categories with each other, compared to other categories candidates put emphasis on the activities that come out as the equivalent of these categories in the literature.
Teacher Education, Teacher Candidates, Technology, Basic Information Technologies, Computer Courses.