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ERIC Number: ED436166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Pages: 10
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Secondary Teachers' Professional Uses of Computers.
Chiero, Robin T.
The purpose of this study was to investigate teachers' perceptions of the role computers play in their workplace performance. Subjects were 142 secondary public school teachers who responded to a 71-item questionnaire. Follow-up telephone interviews were conducted with 15 carefully selected subjects to provide more depth. Data were analyzed to provide a multifaceted description of teachers' current professional computer uses, their perceptions of the effects of the computer on their work, and what most facilitates or impedes their computer use. Subjects generally use the computer for typical tasks, such as creating instructional materials and performing administrative tasks. Most perceived their computer use as having a positive impact on their work, making them more professional, more creative, better informed, and generally better educators. Surprisingly, improved interaction with colleagues did not emerge as a particularly important use of the computer. Accessibility to e-mail and Internet access was moderate or high for only 33.8% of the subjects, and few use the computer to communicate with colleagues, a use that might ease the isolation of teachers and foster professional development. (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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