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ERIC Number: ED455041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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An Examination of Digital Dividing Factors on Teachers' Access to Internet Resources in Rural Schools.
Wang, Jianjun; Briegel, Toni; Goodwin, David; Patrick, Amy; Broidy, Steve; Breck, Susan; Joshi, Sanjeevani; Calhoun, George
A study examined technology gaps in rural schools and computer accessibility and Internet use by teachers. Findings from surveys of 205 teachers in the rural Ozarks region of Missouri indicate significant differences in Internet accessibility among rural schools with a low, middle, or high technology status; and no significant interaction effects on teacher Internet use between school technology status and teacher computer accessibility. Upgrading school technology was a significant factor in Internet utilization; and technology upgrading was a key factor in rural school improvement. The lack of a significant gap in Internet use between teachers who had access to computers at zero versus one location suggests that without computing facilities both at teachers' homes and at schools, technology investment at school is unlikely to result in substantial improvement of Internet utilization by teachers. Significant differences in Internet use among teachers who had computer access at more than one location indicates that given teacher ownership of computers at home, multiple convenient locations for Internet use within schools encourage teacher Internet use. Recommendations include making computers more available to teachers and providing professional development activities that enrich teacher knowledge of computer and Internet use. (Contains 11 references, 2 tables, and 2 footnotes.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri