A Glimpse of Future Early Childhood Educators’ Perceptions of Online Learning

By Chiuchu Chuang.

Published by Journal of Technologies in Society

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In this exploratory study, the researcher surveyed students’ perspectives and experiences of taking online courses in order to examine a relatively new online BK program and its instructional approaches in meeting early childhood educator candidates’ professional needs. The participants were undergraduate students who took the online birthkindergarten (BK) courses provided by a rural four-year university in America. A Qualtrics survey was distributed at the end of the spring semester in 2013 to collect students’ demographic information, their perspectives and experiences of taking online courses, and their suggestions for improving the learning results. The collected data was analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively. Participants’ demographic background information was used for quantitative analyses. The necessity of providing a digital literacy skill test (DLST) in the near future and the problems they encountered in taking online courses were qualitatively analyzed. Discussions of the implications and applications were provided. While focusing on future early educators’ professional needs, the researcher also reflected her personal and professional growth in improving online professional courses to better equip future early childhood educators in this virtual era.

Keywords: Online Learning, Early Childhood, Teacher Education, Online Collaborative Team Project

Journal of Technologies in Society, Volume 11, Issue 4, January 2016, pp.15-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 12, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 556.136KB)).

Dr. Chiuchu Chuang

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Specialties, School of Education, University of North Carolina Pembroke, Fayetteville, NC, USA

I am Dr. Chiuchu (Melody) Chuang, an Assistant Professor teaching at the University of North Carolina Pembroke, USA. With a BBA degree in Taiwan, I switched my major to education and earned my doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in USA. Working with young children and teaching students at various levels are my passion and expertise. I have been teaching in various school systems in both America and Taiwan. I own teacher licenses in both Texas and North Carolina states. The courses I teach in UNCP are online courses in the Birth-Kindergarten Program. My research interests include, but not limited to, children’s play, technology in early childhood education, teacher education, cross-culture comparisons in students’ learning, and so forth. Utilizing computer and instructional technologies to support online/distance learning systems, I employ student-oriented instruction and learning, and encourage students to incorporate personal interests and previous knowledge in setting and reaching both personal and professional goals.