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ERIC Number: EJ754643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
Factors that Influence Elementary Teachers Use of Computers
Franklin, Cheryl
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v15 n2 p267-293 2007
The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine the ways elementary teachers use computer technology for instructional purposes and the factors that influence their use of computers. The population consisted of recent graduates from the elementary teacher preparation program at a mid-Atlantic university. Data were gathered using a survey instrument. The instrument addressed the four factors that support teachers' use of computers: (a) access and availability, (b) preparation and training, (c) leadership, and (d) time. Descriptive and inferential statistics were employed in this study. The response rate was 89%. The findings indicated that 84% of the teachers felt either well or very well prepared to integrate technology into curriculum, and that they were able to overcome the typical barriers to computer use in elementary classrooms. The teachers overwhelmingly indicated that computers have considerable potential for allowing students to discover or construct ideas for themselves and supported constructivist pedagogies when referring to computer use in elementary classrooms. Teacher preparation, teacher philosophy, and grade level were identified as influential factors in the use of computers by the elementary teachers and the elementary students. A General Information Questionnaire is appended. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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