ERIC Number: EJ770263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul-8
Technology Training for Teacher Education in Jamaica: A Case for Needs Assessment
Peart, Moses; Sheffield, Caryl J.
Computers in the Schools, v18 n4 p151-164 Jul 2002
The major challenges facing education systems in the information age include issues of how to prepare for and capitalize on the technological revolution and how to integrate computer technology into the curriculum. Jamaica, like most developing countries, is taking on these challenges with perhaps as much focus and increased importance as any developed country such as the United States. This paper explores the approach taken, particularly with teacher educators in Jamaican colleges, to begin the process by an assessment of the computer-related professional development needs of the college faculty. The paper makes recommendations for developing a technology training program based on the needs assessment. Underlying these issues is the necessity for a national policy to coordinate the country's efforts to integrate information technology into teacher education. Additional recommendations intended to provide guidance for the formulation of such an integrated policy development and implementation framework are offered.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Educators, Needs Assessment, Information Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Faculty Development, Educational Policy, Program Development, Educational Needs, College Faculty, Teacher Education, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Jamaica