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ERIC Number: ED509452
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Belief Drives Action: How Teaching Philosophy Affects Technology Use in the Classroom
Gritter, Aaron
Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization (Northampton, Massachusetts, April 2005)
The initial phase of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) provided all 7th and 8th grade students and their teachers with laptop computers. In the fall of 2003, a survey of all teachers involved with the program was administered by Maine Education Policy Research Institute to determine how and to what extent the technology was being used. An analysis of the surveys was completed to answer the following questions: (1) Can responses on teaching philosophy questions be used to predict the amount a teacher uses their laptop?; (2) Can responses on teaching philosophy questions be used to predict the amount students use laptops in their classroom?; and (3) Do prior computer experience, content area, teaching experience, or education levels affect the philosophy-usage relationship? Teacher responses were analyzed as a whole and also by content area with a focus on how math and science teachers use computers compared to teachers in the other content areas. The analysis of the survey responses shows that there is evidence that teaching philosophy does impact computer use both by the teachers themselves and by the students in their classrooms. The best predictor of computer use is prior computer experience. This may suggest a need for additional pre-service computer training and on-going professional development if computers are going to be used extensively in all classrooms. A list of the items analyzed found on the Teacher Survey Form B-Fall 2003 is appended. (Contains 8 resources.)
Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation. University of Southern Maine, 37 College Avenue, Gorham, ME 04038. Tel: 888-800-5044; Tel: 207-780-5044; Fax: 207-228-8143; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Southern Maine, Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation
Identifiers - Location: Maine