ERIC Number: ED494013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Intel Teach Essentials Instructional Practices and Classroom Use of Technology Survey Report
Martin, Wendy; Shulman, Simon
Education Development Center, Inc.
The research literature on educational technology has identified a number of important contextual factors that influence how technology is used in educational settings. For six years, the Education Development Center (EDC) has used a variety of methods to investigate the multiple ways in which the Intel Teach to the Future Essentials professional development program interacts with these contextual factors to support effective integration of technology into K-2 classroom teaching. In May of this year, EDC conducted the 2006 Instructional Practices and Classroom Use of Technology Survey with over a thousand teachers, some of whom participated in Intel Teach to the Future and some of whom did not, to investigate whether three of the key research-based factors--participation in quality professional development (specifically Intel Teach Essentials), teachers' access to technology, and their pedagogical beliefs--influenced teachers' use of technology and their instructional practices. The authors found that each of these factors had some impact and that interactions among the factors, both at the individual teacher level and the district level, often had even more pronounced influences on teacher behavior. The following are the five key findings from the survey analysis: (1) All three research-based factors had an impact on teachers' use of technology to support their practice; (2) All three research-based factors had an impact on teachers' use of technology with their students; (3) Participating in Intel Teach Essentials appeared to produce more dramatic changes in the behavior of teachers who held weak, rather than strong, constructivist beliefs; (4) Participating in Intel Teach Essentials appeared to produce more dramatic changes in the behavior of teachers who had access to few classroom computers than those who had many classroom computers; and (5) The research-based factors appeared to influence teachers' use of technology at the district level. Appendix A contains the 2006 Instructional Practices and Classroom Use of Technology Survey. Appendix B contains the Frequencies and Means for the 2006 Instructional Practices and Classroom Use of Technology Survey. (Contains 12 tables and 16 figures.)
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Teacher Behavior, Teaching Methods, Instructional Materials, Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Master Teachers, Constructivism (Learning), Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Surveys, Computer Uses in Education, Faculty Development, Access to Computers
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Kindergarten
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, New York, NY. Center for Children and Technology.