ERIC Number: ED343580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Bits, Bytes, and Barriers: Tennessee Teachers' Use of Technology.
Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.; Tennessee Education Association, Nashville.
This report presents the results of a study conducted with 449 Tennessee educators that investigated the use of educational technology in the state's classrooms. The Tennessee Education Association, as part of its Tennessee Teachers' Technology Initiative, funded in part by a grant from BellSouth, collaborated with the Appalachia Educational Laboratory in the design of the study. The study results are intended to benefit teachers interested in or involved with technology, and to provide data that will help in local and state policy formation. The report is organized to convey the findings of the survey while describing the predominant condition of educational technology in Tennessee classrooms and teacher recommendations for improvements in policy and practice. The preface presents the design and methodology of the study as well as an introduction to the report. Based on a review of the literature, the rationale provides an overview of the use of educational technology for instruction and discusses the findings of additional studies on teachers' knowledge of, attitudes toward, and use of computers and other forms of educational technology. The findings of this study are presented in the following clusters: Demographic Summary of Respondents; Current Knowledge about Training in Technology; Use of Technology and Effects on Students; Benefits of and Obstacles to Technology Use in Instruction; Recommendations for School Policy on Educational Technology; Extent and Types of Instructional Use of Microcomputers; Location, Frequency, and Purpose of Instructional Use of Microcomputers; and Additional Comments about Educational Technology Use. The findings of this study are then compared with the findings of national surveys. Recommendations for policy and practice for teachers, administrators, policymakers, and association personnel conclude the report. An executive summary of the report, a copy of the study questionnaire, and a 40-item bibliography are also provided. (DB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Microcomputers, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Use Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.; Tennessee Education Association, Nashville.