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International Journal of Innovation and Research in Educational Sciences

From Perception to Action: The Adoption and use of Digital Technologies by Pre-School and Primary School

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Digital Technologies, Perceptions, Attitudes, Preschool Teachers, Primary School Teachers
  • Brito, Rita
  • Silva, Joao
  • Dias, Patricia
The data that will be presented in this article is part of an international project involving Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Poland, United Kingdom and Slovakia. In this article, only Portuguese data are presented. Research has shown that digital technologies (DT) can be a valuable educational tool for children's learning and development, including the youngest. However, its integration into the educational practices of kindergarten and primary teachers has not been widely found in many countries. Thus, this project aims to know the attitudes and intentions of future kindergarten teachers and primary teachers in initial training, regarding the use of digital technologies (DT) in their future professional practice. To this end, a questionnaire constructed by the research teams of the mentioned countries was elaborated. In Portugal, the questionnaire was distributed to 93 students from a private university, future kindergarten teachers, and 95 students, future primary school teachers. Data was analyzed using SPSS software. The results show that future teachers see DT as relevant to children's development, enhancing their learning. However, especially future primary teachers seem not so sure that DT leads to more effective learning. By reading the data there are also doubts whether the DT really add some value to the professional practice of teachers. Are DTs losing their initial charm? As teachers, are the very positive reflections on the use of DTs in pedagogical practice changing their course?

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