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ERIC Number: EJ853756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
Examining Teachers' Decisions to Adopt New Technology
Sugar, William; Crawley, Frank; Fine, Bethann
Educational Technology & Society, v7 n4 p201-213 2004
This study examined teachers' beliefs about technology adoption as a reasoned, deliberate, intentional decision-making process, as reflected in Ajzen's (1985) Theory of Planned Behavior. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from teachers in four schools located in the southeastern region of the United States. Overall results indicated that technology adoption decisions were influenced by teachers' individual attitudes towards technology adoption, which were formed from specific underlying personal beliefs about the consequences of adoption. External support from key persons and contextual resources (e.g., funding) were insignificant factors affecting teachers' technology adoption decisions. From these results, we recommend that school administrators work closely with teachers to address their beliefs and concerns about technology adoption and provide an influential level of personal support and resources. We also offer recommendations for educational software designers for developing future technology resources for teachers. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
International Forum of Educational Technology & Society. Athabasca University, School of Computing & Information Systems, 1 University Drive, Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3, Canada. Tel: 780-675-6812; Fax: 780-675-6973; Web site: http://www.ifets.info
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A