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ERIC Number: EJ768880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1523
Teacher Concerns during Initial Implementation of a One-to-One Laptop Initiative at the Middle School Level
Donovan, Loretta; Hartley, Kendall; Strudler, Neal
Journal of Research on Technology in Education, v39 n3 p263-286 Spr 2007
Many schools are initiating projects that place laptop computers into the hands of each student and teacher in the school. These projects entail a great deal of planning and investment by all involved. The teachers in these schools are faced with significant challenges as they prepare for teaching in classrooms where every student has a computer. Using the Concerns-Based Adoption Model of change, this study investigated the concerns of teachers in the early stages of a one-to-one laptop initiative. The results of the study indicate that teachers fall into two relatively well-defined categories in terms of their concerns regarding the innovation. The majority of teachers have genuine concerns about how the introduction of laptop computers into the school environment will impact them personally. A lesser number have concerns about how they will be able to best use the laptops to meet the needs of the students. Implications for professional development include differentiating training based on teacher concerns, ensuring teachers have a voice in the process and are well-informed of decisions pertaining to the adoption, and implementation of the innovation. (Contains 5 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A