ERIC Number: ED329221
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Technology in the Kindergarten through Twelfth Grades: A Study of Usage, Value and Needs.
Janowiak, Robert M.
A survey of 498 elementary and secondary teachers was coordinated by the National Engineering Consortium (NEC) in order to determine what educational technologies are used and valued by teachers and what they need to help make educational technology a more valuable resource. The questionnaire included two closed-end questions rating 36 technologies (and inviting commentary) as well as four open-end questions. Specific questions addressed teachers' use and value of old versus emerging technologies; what they considered to be the most and the least promising educational technology tools; their use of technology according to subject areas; and aid that they felt could be provided by computer companies and corporations. The most highly used technologies were found to be microcomputers, overhead projectors, videocassette recorders, software teaching aids, and movie/slide projection systems. Emerging technologies include multimedia computer projection systems, computer networks, videodisks, telecommunications, and software to aid problem solving. Current technologies considered promising for continued usage are microcomputers, video recorders, and overhead projectors, including computer-driven projectors. Respondents stated that their greatest need was funding, followed by training and support for educational technology products. Teachers also responded that more time is required for planning, implementing, training, and studying technology. A copy of the questionnaire used in the study is appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Educational Technology, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Microcomputers, Needs Assessment, Overhead Projectors, Projection Equipment, Questionnaires, Secondary School Teachers, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Technological Advancement, Use Studies, Video Equipment
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Engineering Consortium, Chicago, IL.