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ERIC Number: ED502871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-9
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Retelling the Story: Official Tales of Technology and Head Start Teachers' Technophobia
Arikan, Arzu
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, Apr 9, 2007)
The United States has invested in educational technology and nourished the enthusiasm to infuse computers in K-12 classrooms since the early 90s through various technology policy initiatives. However, the Digital Divide and differences between the expected and actual technology use in schools are still in existence. In line with this problematic, this paper discusses federal constructions of technology in comparison to the experiences and practices of Head Start teachers using technology. Situated in the context of a federal initiative, the Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT[superscript 3]), this paper presents findings from a larger ethnographic case study to compare the official tales of technology with the local experiences of teachers who participated in a PT[superscript 3] grant. Findings suggest that there are both overlaps and disconnects between federal rhetoric and local practices in regards to how technology is defined and the ways early childhood teachers act on these federal constructions. It concludes by suggesting that those disconnects can be eliminated by acknowledging different faces for technology learning among teachers. (Contains 2 tables and 6 footnotes.) [An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 2005).]
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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