ERIC Number: ED440981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Building Successful Teacher Use of Computers in the Classroom: Results from a 1998-99 Survey of WCPSS Middle School Teachers.
The Wake County Public School System, North Carolina, conducted a survey of middle school teachers regarding computer use and compared their use of computers to specific demographics: subjects taught, favored instructional purposes, age, years of teaching experience, and gender. Responses were received from 231 teachers, a response rate of 77%. Middle school teachers used computers more as their level of training increased, especially when the training addressed their specific subject areas. More frequent use was also related to specific training components, such as demonstrations and modeling or coaching and feedback. Participants' teaching areas showed a statistically significant relationship to computer use, with special education teachers most likely to use computers and physical education teachers least likely to use them. Consistent patterns with instructional approach were also evident. Teachers using a student-centered approach showed higher overall computer use. Younger teachers were more likely to use computers. Teachers also reported that having demonstrations and modeling of computer use on site increased their own instructional use of computers. Recommendations are made for continued staff development and additional training with a focus on subjects taught. The teacher survey is attached. (Contains 12 figures and 14 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.