ERIC Number: ED485602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Effective Access: Teachers' Use of Digital Resources in STEM Teaching
Hanson, Katherine; Carlson, Bethany
Education Development Center, Inc.
The Effective Access (EA) team conducted a limited, multi-level investigation of high school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators and their use of digital objects. The team attempted to answer the following questions to identify teachers' unique needs in the digital library environment, to provide a better understanding of the possible impact of electronic resources on teaching and learning, and to develop a framework for future development of digital resources and technology supports: a) what are STEM educators doing with digital resources, what would they like to do, and what could they do? How do they use various educational resources for curriculum planning and instruction, and specifically, how do they use Web-based resources?; b) what are the barriers or supports for teachers' use of digital resources? What kind of access and capacity exists? How comfortable are they searching for and using digital resources? What training or other support do they receive? What kind of training and/or navigation/tutorial systems do they need/want to support the integration of Web-based resources?; and c) what role does diversity play in the development and use of effective digital resources? What is the relationship of gender/race/ethnicity/disability/language to educators' perceptions and use of digital resources? How does the diversity of their students impact their use of such resources? How does educator diversity influence experience with technology? This report summarizes the Effective Access team's findings and presents recommendations that emerge from this work. The report is organized in four major sections: (1) A brief literature review that highlights what teachers say they value and want in accessing technology; how contemporary students view technology; and challenges for teachers in making use of technology to support student learning; (2) A methods section which describes the design, time period, data collection, interview and survey participants, and methods of data analysis; (3) Findings organized around seven major themes: Benefits and Changes in Practice, Time, School/District Infrastructure, Search Strategies, Technology Environment, Content for Planning and Instruction, and Professional Development, along with observations from technology designers; and (4) Recommendations.
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Hands on Science, Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Secondary Education, Educational Technology, Access to Computers, Teacher Characteristics, Student Characteristics
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.