ERIC Number: EJ799257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Does Teachers' Confidence with CALL Equal Innovative and Integrated Use?
Kessler, G.; Plakans, L.
Computer Assisted Language Learning, v21 n3 p269-282 Jul 2008
This paper examines the relationship between confidence and CALL--specifically the use of audio and video technology among language teachers. Through logged usage of CALL, the authors tracked seven teachers at two large universities in the United States over a term. These teachers were also interviewed periodically in order to gain insight into their confidence with and use of CALL. Upon data analysis, the authors identified the teachers as "less confident, contextually confident" and "highly confident". "Highly confident" teachers used technology less often with less integration than the "contextually confident" teachers. "Less confident" teachers integrated CALL only in prescribed ways. The authors conclude that CALL teacher preparation may benefit from a focus on developing contextualized confidence within certain teaching domains or types of technology rather than expecting teachers to develop a high level of confidence with technology across domains. (Contains 5 tables, 1 figure and 1 note.)
Descriptors: Universities, Data Analysis, Teacher Attitudes, Computer Assisted Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Interviews, Teaching Methods, Self Concept, Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Instructional Innovation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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