ERIC Number: ED339348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Improving Elementary Teachers' Comfort and Skill with Instructional Technology through School-Based Training.
Brennan, Elizabeth C.
This practicum report describes a program designed to increase elementary teachers' comfort and skill in the use of computer related technology for the purpose of establishing effective integration of instructional technology. Other stated ancillary goals included improved instructional effectiveness in the classroom through the development of an alternative mode of computer applications, and an increase of interactive rather than passive modes of instruction. Implementation processes comprised strategic, long range planning, and comprehensive training and staff development. Six formal workshops were then offered to teachers to provide theoretical information on the integration of computers and computer technology in the classroom as well as information on practical applications. An additional three workshops were devoted to practice, simulation, and application of newly acquired concepts and skills. Formative and summative evaluations of the training component accompanied the design and presentation. Pre- and post-implementation data as collected from teacher questionnaires and direct observation were analyzed. Results revealed: (1) increased involvement in integrating computer assisted instruction into the classroom; (2) an increase in student exposure to CAI experiences; (3) a decrease in teacher technophobia; and (4) increased effective utilization of computers by training participants. It is recommended that training sessions continue to be offered, using available on-site software. Appendices contain the questionnaire, planning guidelines, action plans, evaluation forms, and the technology leader's training manual. (31 references) (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Change Strategies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Formative Evaluation, Inservice Teacher Education, Long Range Planning, Microcomputers, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Staff Development, Teacher Workshops
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.