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Dong, C. and Mertala, P. (2021), Two worlds collide? The role of Chinese traditions and Western influences in Chinese preservice teachers’ perceptions of appropriate technology use. Br. J. Educ. Technol., 52: 288-303. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12990

Two worlds collide? : the role of Chinese traditions and Western influences in Chinese preservice teachers’ perceptions of appropriate technology use

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Author: Dong, Chuanmei1; Mertala, Pekka2
Organizations: 1School of Education, Building X5B, 29 Wally’s Walk, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
2Faculty of Education and Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2020070146581
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-12-29
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Abstract

This study reports Chinese preservice teachers’ perceptions of appropriate technology use in early childhood education (ECE). China provides an interesting but understudied research context as research into technology use in the early years is western‐centric and the contemporary Chinese ECE is characterized as a hybrid combining traditional Chinese values and Western influences which differ from each other in a rather fundamental manner. Interpretive analysis of qualitative interviews with eight purposefully selected preservice teachers revealed three intertwining determinants as appropriate technology use: objective, time and context. Both, Chinese cultural traditions and Western educational ideas were evident in shaping the participants’ perceptions of appropriate technology use, with the former being the major influence in restraining the preservice teachers’ vision and understanding of technology integration. Implications for teacher education, educational policies and future research are discussed.

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Series: British journal of educational technology
ISSN: 0007-1013
ISSN-E: 1467-8535
ISSN-L: 0007-1013
Volume: 52
Issue: 1
Pages: 288 - 303
DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12990
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1111/bjet.12990
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
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Copyright information: © 2020 British Educational Research Association. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Dong, C. and Mertala, P. (2021), Two worlds collide? The role of Chinese traditions and Western influences in Chinese preservice teachers’ perceptions of appropriate technology use. Br. J. Educ. Technol., 52: 288-303, https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12990. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.