Reframing Computer Education in P-16 System Li-Jen Shannon, Peter Cooper, Timothy Mcguire Sam Houston State University Computer Science Department Huntsville, Texas, USA The National Technology Plan U.S. Department of Education (2004)
Li-Jen Shannon, Peter Cooper,
Sam Houston State University
Computer Science Department
Huntsville, Texas, USA
U.S. Department of Education (2004)
The public mistakenly concludes that
As a result,
2007 Progress Report of Closing the Gaps by 2015 from Texas Higher Education Coordination Board (THECB, 2008)
On the other hand, the U.S. Department of Labor reported employment in professional, scientific, and technical services will grow by 28.4 percent.
A mixed method was designed to evaluate:
Three research questions
To what rating/level a typical teacher was evaluated in
(a) their computer literacy levels;
(b) implementing instructional technology into his/her classroom; and
(c) valuing Computer Education to be included in the teacher preparation program?
Computer literacy is the ability to use hardware and software efficiently and effectively including a broader scope of ability to identify, evaluate, and use information (Carbonara, 2005).
The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for teachers state that the performance indicators for teachers are:
(a) Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity;
(b) Design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments;
(c) Model digital-age work and learning;
(d) Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility; and
(e) Engage in professional growth and leadership
To avoid any bias occurred from the participants’ backgrounds:
(a) the sizes of schools where the participants work;
(b) the participants’ teaching years; and
(c) the subjects the participants teach
How do technology specialists evaluate the computer literacy skill levels of a typical teacher?
How do the technology specialists evaluate the usages of implementing instructional technology into classroom from a typical teacher?
How do the educators value the computer education to be included in the teacher preparation program?
The top four courses were proposed from the most to the least value:
This study might enhance the value of creating a computer education track to promote the efficiency of educational technology in P – 16 systems.
The International Computing Education Research (ICER) Northwest Workshop (Cushing, Bryant, Orr, Spengler, Tuttle, & Yasuhara, 2006)