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ERIC Number: ED565943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 203
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3037-1735-2
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Teacher Technology Acceptance and Usage for the Middle School Classroom
Stone, Wilton, Jr.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
According to the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics, students in the United States routinely perform poorly on international assessments. This study was focused specifically on the problem of the decrease in the number of middle school students meeting the requirements for one state's standardized tests for English Language Arts and Math. The purpose of this study was to determine if teachers' use of technology and their attitude toward using technology affect student learning and preparation for the academic requirements of high school. Using Roger's theory of diffusion as the framework for this study, several predictors of teachers' attitudes and behaviors toward the use of technology were examined. This quantitative nonexperimental study relied on the Teachers' Acceptance and Usage Questionnaire to examine the constructs of personal factors, anxiety, playfulness, technology acceptance, self-efficacy, and skill level of 36 middle school teachers. Descriptive statistics, multiple regression, and ANOVA were used to analyze the extent to which these constructs influenced teachers' technology acceptance and usage in the classroom. It was found that all of the above constructs were significant predictors of teachers' technology-usage behavior and attitudes toward using technology. The data from this study led to the creation of a technology guide and wiki. Recommendations included further technology training and the creation of a peer-to-peer technology-mentoring program. This study provided an opportunity to support social change and application by helping teachers use technology to engage middle school students and prepare them for high school and life careers, which will use these necessary technology skills. [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: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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Language: English
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