ERIC Number: ED373700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Empowering Teachers with Technology: An Agenda for Research and Development.
Aust, Ronald; Padmanabhan, Sandra
Anthropologists and sociologists have found that technological innovators are more likely to find success when they: (1) recognize the group's unique identity; (2) assist the group in understanding and using the technology; (3) empathize with the group's environmental and cultural needs; and (4) empower the group to meet those needs. After reviewing related education literature, 12 questions (3 each for 4 factors) were established for considering how articles in the major research journals of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) from 1953-1993 addressed issues that demonstrated an awareness of the teachers' culture in school. Of the 847 articles reviewed, 24% recognized the teachers' roles; 13% demonstrated an understanding of the teachers' working conditions; 15% provide specific explanations of how educational technology can be integrated into school structures; and 10% identified specific needs and corresponding educational technology solutions for empowering teachers. Recommendations made from this analysis include greater emphasis on teacher conditions and relevance in the research literature; articulation of how educational technology can be made effective within the schools' culture; and strategies for empowering teachers through educational technology resources. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/JLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Association for Educational Communications Tech; Teacher Empowerment
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1994 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (16th, Nashville, TN, February 16-20, 1994); see IR 016 784.