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Breaking Barriers: Elementary Teachers and Technology Integration
None (2008)
  • Jaimie Clapp, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Katie Rojek, Illinois Wesleyan University
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Abstract
“The nation has spent over 38 billion dollars to bring technology and internet access to schools” (Benton Foundation qtd. in Franklin, 2007, p. 268). Growing availability of technologies in schools require teachers to be prepared for and accepting of technology integration. This research study investigates current elementary school teachers’ technological knowledge and beliefs to determine barriers inhibiting the most effective use of new resources. Using surveys distributed to two local study sites, participants were asked to reflect upon their competency and attitudes concerning technology. Responses analyzed for common themes and trends revealed that many teachers felt competent in their technological abilities although time, accessibility and lack of training were common themes in prohibiting technology integration. This suggests that administration should focus their efforts on technology management concerns, educating faculty and encouraging skilled teachers to step into leadership roles. In doing so, both teachers and students will recognize all that technology integration offers.
Keywords
  • technology integration,
  • teacher
Publication Date
April, 2008
Citation Information
Jaimie Clapp and Katie Rojek. "Breaking Barriers: Elementary Teachers and Technology Integration" (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/leah_nillas/59/