Teacher educators' metaphors and images in the field of computing applied to education

The focus of this research is the gap between the formation of educational computing (EC) teachers and their further experience. The main hypothesis is that, among EC teacher formers, there is a certain representation of the educational model and a conception on the beneficial aspects of digital technologies that would be automatically transferred to the future teachers' practice. An investigation was carried out with the 21 teachers of the discipline "Computing and Education" at the Catholic University of Goiás, with the use of techniques of free word association, semi-structured interviews and focus groups. The nucleus of the identified representations shows the computer as a generator of educational changes, and educational computing as the agent of pedagogical changes. This analogy becomes an important reference that shapes formers' discourse by means of metaphors which constitute their imagination.

Teacher formation; Education and computing; Social representation

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