Improving Teachers' Understanding of Theoretical Foundations of Technology Use: Connecting Theories with Technology

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Situated in a theoretical foundations of educational technology course, this study explored how practicing teachers who had not previously taken any formal learning theories courses connected theories with the use of technology. It examined the mindset of teachers after their learning and exposure to learning theories and relevant school of thoughts for a sustained period of time. Results show that teachers showed an appreciation for theories and an awareness for the need of theories in guiding technology use. Teachers also connected theories with technology use. The learning of theories equipped teachers with theoretical guidance and justifications for the use of technology. The participating teachers were also able to evaluate pedagogical approaches toward the use of technology based on their learning. The study addressed the importance of theoretical understanding towards the use of technology and has implications for policies and practice regarding teacher education and professional development regarding the use of educational technology.