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Preservice versus Inservice Educators’ Attitudes Toward Information Technology. Presentation to the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) 10th International Conference March 4, 1999 San Antonio, Texas Rhonda Christensen Gerald Knezek University of North Texas.

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Preservice versus Inservice Educators’ Attitudes Toward Information Technology

Presentation to the Society for Information Technology

& Teacher Education (SITE) 10th International Conference

March 4, 1999

San Antonio, Texas

Rhonda Christensen

Gerald Knezek

University of North Texas

categories of educators
Categories of Educators
  • Preservice
    • University coursework on campus
    • Student teaching
  • Inservice
    • Mentor teachers
    • Regular classroom teachers
  • Administrators
data samples
Data Samples
  • Inservice vs preservice (interns) (1995-96)
  • Mentor teachers vs. 1st year teachers (1997-98)
  • Preservice teachers enrolled in courses prior to student teaching (1995-96, 1997-98, 1999)
instrumentation
Instrumentation
  • Teachers Attitudes Toward Computers (TAC)
  • Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Information Technology (TAT)
  • Stages of Adoption of Technology
some research findings
Some Research Findings
  • Attitudes toward technology become more positive with “training”.
  • Some attitudes change more quickly than others (anxiety, acceptance, etc.)
  • Teacher attitudes toward technology impact student attitudes.
  • Attitude change is the precursor to new behaviors.
  • Teacher Training is Essential!
stages of adoption of technology
Stages of Adoption of Technology
  • Stage One: Awareness
  • Stage Two: Learning the Process
  • Stage Three: Understanding and application of the process
  • Stage Four: Familiarity and confidence
  • Stage Five: Adaptation to other contexts
  • Stage Six: Creative application to new contexts
preparing teachers to teach with technology
Preparing Teachers to Teach with Technology
  • University of North Texas College of Ed. Technology Applications Endorsement
    • 1100 Computer Applications
      • WP, SS, DB
    • 3440 Technology and the Teacher
      • Teacher Productivity
    • 4100 Computers in the Classroom
      • Technology Integration
    • 4xxx Higher level technology course
future directions for teacher ed
Future Directions for Teacher Ed.
  • Pilot integrating technology into COE methods courses
  • Develop a mentor program for COE instructors of methods courses
  • Symbiotic Mentoring
    • Technology mentoring from preservice CECS4100 students/ Pedagogical mentoring from inservice teachers
inservice vs preservice
Inservice vs. Preservice
  • Preservice teachers who have been through the computer education sequence feel confident/competent to use technology in the classroom.
  • Preservice teachers rate themselves as a higher stage than inservice teachers.
invervice vs preservice
Invervice vs. Preservice
  • Inservice teachers who have technology-supportive administrators tend to have higher attitudes toward technology.
  • Inservice teachers who have training tend to have higher attitudes toward technology.
summary three essential elements
Summary - Three Essential Elements
  • Will
    • Attitudes (Anxiety, Acceptance, etc.)
  • Skill
    • Competencies
    • Teacher Training
  • Tools
    • Software/hardware
research online
Research Online
  • Http://www.tcet.unt.edu/research
    • Research studies
    • Online instruments
    • Downloadable instruments

Or contact:

Rhonda Christensen

Email: rhondac@tenet.edu

Gerald Knezek

Email: gknezek@tenet.edu