OECD study on ICT in Teacher Training

Austrian part of the OECD study on the use of ICT in initial teacher training on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.

All member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have invested in ICT for educational institutions, yet it has been shown that many teachers do not use these technologies as much as expected. Therefore the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) prepared a comparative study on how students in initial teacher training are prepared for using ICT in educational activities. The study has been conducted in eight selected countries: Austria, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Salzburg Research has been commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture to conduct the Austrian part of the study which covered: national and institutional frameworks and approaches for the use of ICT in teacher training, examples of how universities prepare young teachers for using ICT (University Salzburg, University Innsbruck, University of Education Vienna and University of Education Lower Austria), existing barriers to the paedagogical use of ICT as observed by teachers, students and centres for media didactics. The study methods included structured interviews and focus groups with some 50 teachers and students.

The results and recommendations of the study and the overall OECD report are freely accessible.