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Field Experiences Using iPads: Impact of Experience on Preservice Teachers' Beliefs

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Journal of Music Teacher Education Volume 26, Number 1, ISSN 1057-0837


The purpose of this phenomenological case study was to investigate the lived experiences of preservice music teachers using iPads to engage secondary general music students in creating and performing music during field teaching experiences. Two questions guided this research study: (a) What are these preservice teachers' perceptions of their experiences using iPads to create music and to teach? (b) How do these experiences influence their perceptions of the technology's effectiveness as a teaching tool? Data were reflections of nine preservice teachers collected over 5 weeks. The essence of the experience was the preservice teachers' struggle to resolve tensions that emerged while using technology to create and teach music. Tensions caused some to examine cherished beliefs and practices and influenced their development of TPACK (technological pedagogical and content knowledge). Three themes support the essence: (a) tensions, (b) innovation and adaptation, and (c) influence of experiences on perceptions of technology.


Reese, J.A., Bicheler, R. & Robinson, C. (2016). Field Experiences Using iPads: Impact of Experience on Preservice Teachers' Beliefs. Journal of Music Teacher Education, 26(1), 96-111. Retrieved October 17, 2021 from .

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