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ERIC Number: EJ893713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1683-1381
Technology Use in Elementary Education in Turkey: A Case Study
Kurt, Serhat
New Horizons in Education, v58 n1 p65-76 May 2010
Background: As countries continue to invest in technology and place educational technology in schools, teachers are expected to make use of technology in their teaching. At this point in time, we can say that technology will stay in schools. Many countries have already included the integration of technology into education in their agenda for educational development. The success of this integration depends mostly on the teachers. Teachers need to use technology effectively in classrooms. Technology in education offers many potential benefits. However the adoption of technology is a major challenge to teachers in many countries. Aims: The purpose of this study is to examine teachers' use of available technology using a case study approach. More specifically, this study will try to answer this question: In what ways is available technology being used? Sample: This study was conducted in a very typical elementary school in Ankara, Turkey. This school houses around 1900 students and 60 teachers. 29 of the teachers completed the survey. Also, ten teachers and three principals were interviewed. Method: The research design employed both qualitative and quantitative methods. The data sources included structured and open-ended interviews, a survey, classroom observations and an examination of relevant documents. Results: The results show that teachers are mainly using technology and computers for the following purposes (a) instruction in the use of technology (b) administrative purposes (c) instructional purposes and (d) non-educational tasks. Conclusion: This study further reveals that teachers tend to use simpler technologies (e.g., TV) more than computers, if they are available. Classroom teachers use computers mainly for administrative purposes, and computer labs are mainly utilized for instruction in the use of computers. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey