In a world where technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, it's only natural to consider how it can revolutionize the realm of education. My research delved deep into the perceptions of Modern Language (ML) student teachers towards CALL, examining how these perceptions evolved throughout their Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programs in 2020/21.
Covering seven institutions across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, my study revealed fascinating insights. At the commencement of their ITE journey, student teachers displayed a positive outlook towards CALL. However, as they neared the completion of their programs, their enthusiasm waned. The shift in perception was accompanied by a transition from relying on university education to embracing self-directed learning as the primary means of acquiring CALL knowledge.
Uncovering a total of thirty influential factors, I discovered that workload emerged as a significant concern during follow-up focus groups. Furthermore, the CALL behaviours of student teachers diverged from their initial expectations, revealing the dynamic nature of their experiences. It is important to note, however, that these findings were not uniform across all student teachers, showcasing the rich diversity within the UK's jurisdictions.
Drawing upon the collective wisdom of student teachers, I am thrilled to present twelve recommendations aimed at enhancing CALL instruction in Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) courses. These recommendations, based on the voices and experiences of our peers, have the potential to shape the future of CALL adoption in our field.
In the course of my research, I had the privilege of developing an innovative theoretical framework that encapsulates the student teacher pathway to CALL adoption. Introducing the Student Teacher CALL Acceptance Model (STCAM), this framework has been meticulously designed, tested, and refined, offering a fresh perspective on our journey towards integrating technology in language learning.
Undertaking a PhD is no small feat. It's a testament to our dedication, perseverance, and unwavering commitment to knowledge. The countless hours spent poring over research papers, designing experiments, and grappling with complex theories have all led us to this significant milestone. And in the midst of it all, my proudest moment was submitting my thesis, a culmination of years of hard work and intellectual growth.
It's not just the end result that fills me with pride, but the entire process itself. The challenges I encountered along the way, the moments of self-doubt, and the exhilarating breakthroughs that pushed the boundaries of my understanding – they have all shaped me into the researcher I am today.
Through the ups and downs of this journey, I've learned that resilience and tenacity are vital companions. There were moments when the weight of the work seemed overwhelming, but I found solace in the support of my incredible supervisors. Their guidance, wisdom, and unwavering belief in my abilities propelled me forward when doubt threatened to consume me.
Now, as we embark on the next phase of our lives, I would like to offer a few words of advice. Embrace curiosity. Never stop questioning, exploring, and seeking knowledge. Remember that learning is a lifelong journey, and the more we discover, the more there is to uncover.
Be fearless in the face of challenges. Every obstacle presents an opportunity for growth and learning. Embrace them as stepping stones to greatness, and never shy away from pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone.
Remember the power of collaboration. Seek out diverse perspectives, engage in meaningful discussions, and surround yourself with people who inspire you. Together, we can achieve remarkable feats that surpass what any one individual can accomplish alone.
Lastly, cherish the connections we've formed during our time here. I am incredibly proud to have walked alongside all of you on this remarkable path. Thank you for being a part of my journey, and may the future hold endless possibilities and fulfilment for each and every one of us.