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ERIC Number: ED457897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 206
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The Choice Not To Use Computers: A Case Study of Community College Faculty Who Do Not Use Computers in Teaching.
Stocker, Bradford R.
This dissertation studies the motives of community college faculty who decide not to use computers in teaching. For the purpose of the study, non-adoption of computers in teaching is defined as not using computers for more than word processing. In spite of the fact that many of the environmental blocks that inhibit the use of computers have been eliminated at many institutions, many faculty do not use computers. This investigation was conducted at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) through a series of in-depth phenomenological interviews. College-wide, MDCC has 47,464 students with a mean age of 27. There are 672 full-time faculty. During the 1997-98 academic year, MDCC offered college personnel 388 workshops, of which 72% offered training in technology while 28% were non-technology based. There were 3,656 participants, with 52% taking technology-based workshops, and 48% taking non-technology workshops. Overall, educators were not concerned that computers will replace them. They were, however, concerned that computers might negatively affect student-teacher relationships. Also, computer use required significant changes in values, beliefs, and consequent behaviors. The participants in the study were not willing to make these changes without evidence that the change was worth the sacrifice. Appended are a composite picture of adopter categories, a statement of faculty excellence at Miami-Dade Community College, an informed consent form, an interview guide, a sample page of transcription, and the author's vita. (Contains 84 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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