An investigation of student teachers' attitudes to the use of media triggered problem based learning


  • Angela Kit Fong Ma The Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • John O'Toole The University of Newcastle
  • Michael Keppell Charles Sturt University



This study investigates how teacher education students responded to a particular suite of educational products that involved media based educational learning objects, and their attitudes to them in fostering student centred learning in general, and problem based learning in particular, with the ultimate goal of enhancing and improving the quality of teacher training. Two lines of inquiry have been followed throughout the investigation:
  1. to identify and describe student attitudes to the newly developed video rich PBL courseware for teacher education; and
  2. to explore how such educational courseware can be used, enhanced, and presented as examples of learning objects in actual teaching situations.
The implications and recommendations arising from the findings obtained in this research project will provide teacher educators with some initial insights when using similar media based products in teacher education.


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Author Biographies

Angela Kit Fong Ma, The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Assistant Education Technology Officer, Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology, The Hong Kong Institute of Education

John O'Toole, The University of Newcastle

Convenor of Secondary, Science Education Programmes, and Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle

Michael Keppell, Charles Sturt University

Director, The Flexible Learning Institute, Charles Sturt University, Murray School of Education




How to Cite

Ma, A. K. F., O’Toole, J., & Keppell, M. (2008). An investigation of student teachers’ attitudes to the use of media triggered problem based learning. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 24(3).