Analyzing and promoting pre- and in-service teachers’ technology-related teaching knowledge

  • Start date: 01.02.2016
  • Funded by: BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung)
  • Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Ingo Kollar
  • Participating researchers: Christina Wekerle, M.A.



This project investigates expertise-based differences regarding pre- and in-service teachers‘ technology-related teaching knowledge. Furthermore, teacher educators’ use of the potentials of technology and their effects on students’ learning outcome are analyzed. Further, the project explores the effectiveness of instructional approaches to enhance pre-service teachers’ technology-related teaching knowledge.


To promote student learning in schools, many potential options are attributed to digital technology (e.g. Castillo-Manzano, Castro-Nuño, Lopéz-Valpuesta, Sanz-Diaz & Yñiguez, 2016). In order to use these potentials, it is essential that teachers are skilled in how to use digital technology to promote learning processes (TPACK; Koehler & Mishra, 2009).

More specifically, future teachers should be enabled to design their technology-supported teaching in a way that learners are prompted to engage in effective learning activities and associated cognitive processes (“affordances”). Additionally, engagement in less effective learning activities becomes less likely (“constraints”; see collaborative learning: Suthers, 2006). The necessary prerequisites for this are teachers’ knowledge and expectations of technology-supported teaching sequences for lesson planning (“technology-supported teaching scripts”) as well as their knowledge and expectations of technology-related analytic processes for the reflection of lessons (“technology-related reasoning scripts”).

In the context of the project, the following aspects are of interest:

  • Study 1: To which degree do pre-service and in-service teachers on different levels of expertise differ from each other regarding their knowledge and expectations of the potentials of digital technology in the classroom („technology-supported teaching scripts“; study 1)?
  • Study 2: To which degree do teacher educators target high-quality learning activities of pre-service teachers by digital technology and what are the effects of these learning activities on students’ domain-specific knowledge and their metacognitive, motivational and collaborative cross-domain learning strategies?
  • Study 3: To which degree can the use of more or less detailed external scripts enhance pre-service teachers’ technology-related analytic skills (“technology-related reasoning scripts”)?



Further project members:

Tugce Bozkus (student research assistant)




Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (grant number 01JA1509) and own funds of the Department of Educational Psychology of the University of Augsburg.








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