Authentic learning exercises as a means to influence preservice teachers’ technology integration self-efficacy and intentions to integrate technology

  • Jennifer R. Banas Northeastern Illinois University
  • Cindy S. York Northern Illinois Univeristy


This study explored the impact of authentic learning exercises, as an instructional strategy, on preservice teachers’ technology integration self-efficacy and intentions to integrate technology. Also explored was the predictive relationship between change in preservice teachers’ technology integration self-efficacy and change in intentions to integrate technology. Participants included 104 preservice teachers enrolled into a professional preparation methods course. Technology integration self-efficacy was measured as perceived technological knowledge (TK), pedagogical knowledge (PK), technological pedagogical knowledge (TPK), pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), and technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK). A paired samples t-test revealed a significant increase in self-efficacy for all TPACK constructs, as well as intentions to integrate technology. The effect was greatest for PCK. Also, multiple regression analysis revealed change in technology integration self-efficacy as a model, predicted change in intentions to integrate. Particularly change in perceived technology knowledge, predicted change in intentions. Implications for professional preparation programs are shared.


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Author Biographies

Jennifer R. Banas, Northeastern Illinois University

Assistant Professor

Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Athlectics

Cindy S. York, Northern Illinois Univeristy

Assistant Professor

Educational Technology, Reseach, and Assessment