ERIC Number: ED319189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Advancing Technology Use: Barriers to Research Utilization.
Lahm, Elizabeth A., Ed.
This symposium report probes the barriers within special education that slow research utilization and examines positive influences on attitudes toward conducting research in practical settings. The first section presents five categories of barriers to technology implementation, outlined by Joel Mittler. Barrier categories include equipment, implementation, teacher training, teaching as a profession, and classroom environment. The second section describes factors in the success of four technology programs. Edward Blackhurst outlines the development of professional standards with respect to technology, certification and licensure standards, identification of technology skills, and teacher training. Steven Robinson describes the experience and research of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation which indicate technology's potential in creating a powerful instructional environment. The University of Washington's approach, involving development of a grassroots network of support for classroom technology, is discussed by Owen White. Harriet Copel emphasizes that implementation requires an understanding of what motivates the individual teacher and how technology can help in each individual classroom situation. The final section of the report consolidates the thinking of the symposium participants during the process of identifying implementation barriers and possible solutions. (JDD)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Classroom Techniques, Computer Software, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Preschool Education, Problem Solving, Program Development, Program Implementation, Research Utilization, Skill Development, Special Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Certification, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Center for Special Education Technology.
Note: This paper is based on presentations made at the Advancing the Use of Technology: The Research/Practice Connection FY89 Invitational Technology Symposium (Washington, DC, June 11-13, 1989).