Teacher motivation and the use of computer-based interactive multimedia
The purposes of this study were (a) to describe the use of multimedia within a
participating population of teachers, and (b) to identify factors that motivate teachers to
use multimedia for instructional purposes. Teachers from the Oneida Special School
District located in Oneida, Tennessee, were invited to participate in this study.
This study was conducted in two phases. Phase I used a questionnaire to collect
data on the use and development of multimedia. Forty-six teachers participated in this
portion of the study. Phase II used an interview process to identify the factors that
motivated teachers to use multimedia in the classroom. Five respondents from among the
21 respondents reporting the highest usage of multimedia resources were interviewed.
Some of the findings of the Phase I questionnaire indicated that 64% of the
respondents reported using some type of edutainment software, while 47% of the
respondents reported using the Internet. Respondents also reported using commercially
produced multimedia resources or resources created by groups or other individuals far
more then self-created multimedia resources.
An analysis of the Phase II interview transcripts indicated that teachers were
motivated to use and develop multimedia when they believed it was a potentially
powerful tool, when they perceived it as relevant to the educational setting, and when
they valued the use of multimedia resources. Beliefs, relevance, relatedness, and
personal value were identified as important factors that motivated these teachers to
integrate technology and multimedia within the educational setting.
School:The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
School Location:USA - Tennessee
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:computer assisted instruction teachers education technology tennessee
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