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Ohio science teachers' perceptions of factors related to implementing computers for instructional use

by Shiverdecker, Teresa A.

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Ohio Science Teachers’ Perceptions of Components Related to Implementing Computers for Instructional Use By Teresa A. Shiverdecker The primary goal of this study was to investigate Ohio science teachers' perceptions of nine components that are related to the implementation of computers for instructional use. The components were Administrative Support, Technical Support, Collegial Support, Parent/Community Support, Training, Time, Teacher Efficacy, Access, and Attitude Toward Computers for Instruction. Secondary goals included the examination of correlations between the teachers' stage of use and their perceptions of the nine components, correlation of their level of satisfaction with the extent to which they use computers and their perceptions of the components, and a comparison of the perceptions of teachers at different stages of use. Data were collected through 124 questionnaires that were sent to a randomly selected sample of 260 Ohio science teachers. Data analysis consisted of an evaluation of whole group means for each component, a comparison of group means for each component by stage of use, correlations between stage of use and each component, and a regression analysis to identify which components would be good predictors of the stage of use a teacher might reach. The data analysis indicated that teachers were positive to neutral for the nine components. There were several strong correlations between stage of use and the perceptions held by the teachers. Analysis also indicated that there are notable differences between the perceptions of the components for teachers at higher stages of use and teachers at lower stages of use. ii Several conclusions were drawn from this study. The first and most important conclusion is that administrators are a critical key in the implementation of computers as instructional tools. Secondly, the teacher's attitude toward the use of computers as instructional tools is an important factor in the implementation of computers as instructional tools. Third, there are differences between the perceptions of teachers who have reached advanced stages of use and teachers who are at lower stages of use. iii
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

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