ERIC Number: ED438936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
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Digital Linkage: Factors Related to Elementary Grade Teachers' Usage of Computers in Classroom Instruction.
This study explored elementary school teachers' personal experiences with computer usage in instruction, and identified factors related to computer usage in their own teaching. Participating in the study were 149 teachers from 15 elementary schools selected randomly from 2 counties in western New York, representing a 75 percent return rate. Respondents completed a 46-item survey on their experience and interest in the use of computers in instruction, their training on and knowledge about computers, their comfort level in using computers for teaching, and current computer usage in classroom instruction. The findings indicated that 56 percent of the teachers had prior computer experience, with 80 percent currently using computers for less than 1 hour each day. Teachers typically received training through their district, but thought that the assistance in using computers for classroom instruction did not meet their needs. Teachers were comfortable using computers and thought the computers would enhance their teaching. They tended to use computers as a tutorial aid for students, for drill and practice, and as a general tool. Teachers' computer experience and interest were correlated with their computer usage score. Their computer training and knowledge level was also correlated with computer usage. In addition, teachers' comfort level in using computers was correlated with computer usage. There were no statistically significant effects of gender or teaching experience on teachers' use of computers in the classroom. (The survey is appended. Contains 27 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Research Association for Minority Professors (Houston, TX, February 3-5, 2000).