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ERIC Number: EJ875839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1059-0145
Integrating Laptop Computers into Classroom: Attitudes, Needs, and Professional Development of Science Teachers--A Case Study
Klieger, Aviva; Ben-Hur, Yehuda; Bar-Yossef, Nurit
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v19 n2 p187-198 Apr 2010
The study examines the professional development of junior-high-school teachers participating in the Israeli "Katom" (Computer for Every Class, Student and Teacher) Program, begun in 2004. A three-circle support and training model was developed for teachers' professional development. The first circle applies to all teachers in the program; the second, to all teachers at individual schools; the third to teachers of specific disciplines. The study reveals and describes the attitudes of science teachers to the integration of laptop computers and to the accompanying professional development model. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight science teachers from the four schools participating in the program. The interviews were analyzed according to the internal relational framework taken from the information that arose from the interviews. Two factors influenced science teachers' professional development: (1) Introduction of laptops to the teachers and students. (2) The support and training system. Interview analysis shows that the disciplinary training is most relevant to teachers and they are very interested in belonging to the professional science teachers' community. They also prefer face-to-face meetings in their school. Among the difficulties they noted were the new learning environment, including control of student computers, computer integration in laboratory work and technical problems. Laptop computers contributed significantly to teachers' professional and personal development and to a shift from teacher-centered to student-centered teaching. One-to-One laptops also changed the schools' digital culture. The findings are important for designing concepts and models for professional development when introducing technological innovation into the educational system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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