ERIC Number: ED346041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Computer Teachers: A Study of Background Characteristics, Preparation in Educational Technology, and Attitudes.
This study was conducted to investigate five research questions concerning computer teachers: (1) How do male and female computer teachers compare in terms of professional preparation and experience? (2) What are the demographics of computer teachers currently in the classroom? (3) How do computer teachers' perceive their male and female students? (4) What levels of proficiency and expertise currently exist in the classroom among computer teachers? and (5) What are the attitudes of computer teachers in the field? Teachers were sampled from every unified school district in Orange County, California. A questionnaire was administered with items pertaining to educational and professional backgrounds, knowledge of topics within the field of educational technology, expertise in the field of educational technology, and attitudes towards current occupations. Some of the results were: male and female teachers do not differ significantly on most measures of background and experience; backgrounds are varied; demographic data suggest that males and ethnic minorities tend to be underrepresented; males and females are perceived as having similar levels of interest and ability in using the computer; computer teachers have considerable knowledge of current developments in the field of educational technology, have high levels of job satisfaction, and exhibit positive attitudes towards the teaching of computer use. (LL)
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Computer Uses in Education, Demography, Educational Background, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Knowledge Level, Questionnaires, Sex Differences, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Identifiers: Orange Unified School District CA
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Claremont Graduate School.