Exploring Kuwaiti Preservice Early Childhood Teachers’ Beliefs About Using Web 2.0 Technologies

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Abstract

  • © 2020, Springer Nature B.V. Today’s children are born immersed in a digital informational age, creating increased pressure on preservice teachers to prepare children to become digital citizens. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore Kuwaiti early childhood preservice teachers’ intentions to use Web 2.0 technologies in their future Kuwaiti classrooms. Findings were evaluated using the Decomposed Theory of Planned Behavior to examine factors that potentially influence the use of Web 2.0 technologies. The preservice teachers’ attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control positively and significantly affected the preservice teachers’ intentions to use Web 2.0 technologies. This study found teachers had intentions to use tools like YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Twitter in their future kindergarten classroom to improve student learning, communicate with parents, and share classrooms activities. Teachers believed that Web 2.0 technologies could improve kindergarten students’ learning, but they had concerns regarding inappropriate content.
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  • Alkhayat L; Ernest J; LaChenaye J