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ERIC Number: ED546918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 142
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ISBN: 978-1-2675-1040-2
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The Diffusion of Computer-Based Technology in K-12 Schools: Teachers' Perspectives
Colandrea, John Louis
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Fordham University
Because computer technology represents a major financial outlay for school districts and is an efficient method of preparing and delivering lessons, studying the process of teacher adoption of computer use is beneficial and adds to the current body of knowledge. Because the teacher is the ultimate user of computer technology for lesson preparation and delivery, it is important to understand what motivates teacher computer technology use. As teachers are responsible for implementing computer technology use and computer technology is considered to be an innovation, Rogers' diffusion of innovations theory was used to understand the process of teacher adoption of computer technology use. The findings from this research provided information on the demographics of teachers and schools as well as how leadership and teacher attributes influence the job satisfaction of teachers related to technology use, the effective use of computer technology in lesson planning, the effective use of computer technology in positively affecting students, and compatibility with traditional teaching methods. This study suggests that teacher attributes, school attributes, leadership, and teacher qualities are all important in promoting computer technology use by teachers in lesson preparation and delivery. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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