ERIC Number: ED308839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
What Do Teachers Need To Know about Instructional Media in the Computer Age?
Savenye, Wilhelmina C.
A study was conducted to explore teacher training needs related to effective use of technology in the classroom, with the specific objective of helping to improve a state-required, one-credit media competency course taken by approximately 250 teacher credential candidates each semester at a major California university. One of three surveys was administered to incoming teacher credential candidates to determine their media skills and opinions. Of the 161 students who completed the pre-course questionnaire, 103 (64%) had some experience producing instructional media, and 124 (77%) had used computer software for word processing, entertainment and educational games, spreadsheets, database packages, or programming languages. Final course evaluations indicated that 68% of the 476 students who completed the evaluations strongly agreed or agreed that they liked the course, and 86% said they would use what they had learned in a course of their teaching. A survey of 22 new teachers was conducted at the end of their first year of teaching. They described the media they had used and produced during the past year; the most common application of computers in their classrooms; the most useful media skills they had learned; the media that they most wanted to learn about; and ways in which they felt educational technology would change teaching in the next 5 years. Responses to a survey of the opinions of seven teacher education block leaders indicated that they taught objective writing and lesson planning, and most agreed that they preferred that these topics not be taught in the media courses. They also expressed their opinions on the ways in which they felt technology would change the teacher's role and responsibilities in the next 5 years. (6 references) (CGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research Papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Dallas, TX, February 1-5, 1989). For the complete proceedings, see IR 013 865.