ERIC Number: ED373710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
How Do Attitudes of Parents, Teachers, and Students Affect the Integration of Technology into Schools? A Case Study.
Davidson, Gayle V.; Ritchie, Scott D.
How attitudes of parents, teachers, and students toward computers affect the integration and use of computer technology in schools was studied at an elementary school in Texas. Whether these attitudes changed with the introduction of computer technology and the implications of involving parents in the planning of curriculum and activities was also examined. The school purchased Macintosh computers and implemented computer training and laboratory access for teachers, parents, and students. The study involved 475 students, 34 teachers, and 230 parents in two school years. Each group reported successful experiences and positive attitudes toward computers. Measurement indicated that attitudes improved or increased in the second year. High initial enthusiasm makes the impact of the technology less apparent, but results tend to confirm the belief that successful implementation of technology requires a supportive environment from administrators and the community. Three tables present survey findings. (Contains 19 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Attitude Change, Case Studies, Community Support, Computer Assisted Instruction, Curriculum Development, Educational Environment, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Parent Attitudes, Parent Role, Program Implementation, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Technology Integration
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Apple Macintosh
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.