ERIC Number: ED389261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
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Teachers' Stages of Concern Towards Internet Integration.
Wells, John G.; Anderson, Daniel K.
A course was designed at West Virginia University to provide educators with the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to successfully integrate and use computer-mediated communication (CMC) in their educational settings. Content was divided into progressive levels and delivered in the following three phases: (1) Internet hierarchy and access skills; (2) communication infrastructures; and (3) curriculum integration. Throughout the semester, in each of the phases of instruction, an opportunity was provided to assess individual concerns. The stages of concern questionnaire was used to measure participants' attitudes in an evaluation study; a repeated measures design was used, examining seven stages of concern to measure any changes across the semester. The study focused on assessing: (1) the effect of Internet instruction on students' attitudes toward Internet integration before, during and after instruction, and (2) the relationships of gender and computer knowledge on students' attitudes toward Internet integration before, during and after instruction. Results from the internal stages--awareness, informational, personal and management--yielded mixed results, with a general trend towards mitigation of initial concerns regarding the integration of this new innovation. All of the external concerns--consequence, collaboration and refocusing--increased as computer experience increased. Females were found to have higher mid concerns for external collaboration and refocusing. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: West Virginia University