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Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning, University of North Texas
Rhonda Christensen, Ph.D. is a research scientist in the Learning Technologies Department in the College of Information at the University of North Texas. She is an associate director of the Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning at UNT. She is a Co-PI for the Going Green! Middle Schoolers Out to Save the World (MSOSW) project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovative Technologies Program. She serves as the Chair of the IT Council at SITE. She has co-authored and taught a pre-service technology integration course for more than 15 years. She also teaches doctoral courses on research design and analysis. Her research interests are the impact of technology integration in education, enhancing STEM education in middle schools and mobile learning in education.
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 1998 (1998) pp. 843–844
The Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Information Technology Questionnaire (TAT) was developed during the second phase of the 1995-97 Matthews Chair for Research in Education Project at the University of North Texas. During Phase I (1995-96) activities...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2014 (Mar 17, 2014) pp. 2745–2753
High school teachers in their first year of a one-to-one mobile learning environment completed surveys related to technology integration. Many teachers also completed the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment. Multiple measures of technology ...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2002 (2002) pp. 1983–1987
Stages of Adoption of Technology are used in conjunction with other assessment instruments to determine attitude, skill and technology access changes that assist in moving a teacher further along in his/her level of classroom technology integration. ...
(1997) pp. 1–150
This study analyzed the effect of technology integration education on teachers' and students' attitudes toward information technology. Two instruments measuring similar attributes were used to assess teachers' and students' attitudes. Differences in ...
Influence of Home Access on Attitudes, Skills, and Level of Use for Teachers and Students in Technology Integrating Classrooms
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2002 (2002) pp. 2037–2038
The interaction of home access and school use of computers has been a topic of discussion among educational researchers for more than a decade. Evaluation of a U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant and a Preparing...
Fostering Technology Integration Skills and Positive STEM Dispositions in Hawaii Middle School Science and Technology Teachers
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2014 (Mar 17, 2014) pp. 1386–1393
Data gathered from 100-200 Hawaii teachers in each of the years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 across 40 middle schools were analyzed to assess the impact of the Hawaii FIRST Pre-Academy Professional Development Program. STEM disposition and technology...
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Vol. 18, No. 2 (April 2010) pp. 345–368
Two new instruments created to assess perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines and careers are analyzed and found to have respectable to excellent internal consistency reliability, as well as good content,...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 1998 (1998) pp. 763–766
A compendium of 14 previously-published instruments for assessing teachers’ attitudes toward information technology was used to measure pre-post changes among nine groups of K-12 educators completing six weekly training sessions in a southern Texas...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2002 (2002) pp. 1661–1662
PT3 Implementation at the University of North Texas Gerald Knezek Rhonda Christensen Tandra Tyler-Wood Dana Arrowood Theresa Overall Garry Mayes Michele Maldonado The Millennium II consortium is implementing seven preservice teacher...
Relationship of Educator Professional Development for Interactive Online Simulations to Eighth Grade Student Achievement in Math and Science
Gerald Knezek; Rhonda Christensen; Alice Owen; Sam Farsaii; Rebekah McPherson; Sherri Brogdon; Jaeyeob Jung
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2009 (Jun 22, 2009) pp. 3276–3281
Findings based on school-as-a-unit-of-analysis and classroom-as-a-unit-of-analysis data from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) for 8th Grade Science indicate that training in Gizmo use and in other hands-on technology based...
The Relationship of Personality Traits to Perceptions of Teaching Effectiveness for Teacher Preparation Candidates in a Simulated Classroom Environment
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2014 (Mar 17, 2014) pp. 1411–1416
This study explored the personality traits of 152 preservice teachers and examined their perceptions of teaching confidence and teaching experience.Treatment and comparison groups completed the Survey of Teaching Skills and the OCEAN survey for...
Alignment of Hands-On STEM Engagement Activities with Positive STEM Dispositions in Secondary School Students
Journal of Science Education and Technology Vol. 24, No. 6 (2015) pp. 898–909
This study examines positive dispositions reported by middle school and high school students participating in programs that feature STEM-related activities. Middle school students participating in school-to-home hands-on energy monitoring activities ...
Measuring Student Career Interest within the Context of Technology-Enhanced STEM Projects: A Cross-Project Comparison Study Based on the Career Interest Questionnaire
Journal of Science Education and Technology Vol. 25, No. 6 (2016) pp. 833–845
This article describes Energy for ME and Going Green! Middle Schoolers Out to Save the World, two Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs with the common goal of improving students' attitudes about scientific...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (Mar 25, 2013) pp. 2048–2053
Attitudinal data were gathered from 160 high school students participating in their second year of a residential science and mathematics program on at university campus in which they finish their last two years of high school in conjunction with...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (Mar 25, 2013) pp. 2870–2876
This project executes a quasi-experimental design for the analysis of outcomes of 58 pre-service teachers enrolled in a technology integration course at a mid-southwestern university. The paper explores two research questions: 1) After pre-service...
Exploring the Relationship between Middle School Student Technology Affinity and Attitudes Toward School
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (Mar 25, 2013) pp. 2269–2272
Abstract: Middle school student 'snapshot' data were analyzed to explore significant patterns (relationships) between technology affinity (habits/ use) and aspects of school attitude. Data collection via a hand-written survey battery that...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (Mar 25, 2013) pp. 1315–1323
This paper presents the final report of progress of the EDUCAUSE-funded SITE simSchool Modules Project from April 2011 to July 2012. The goals of the simulation-based project were to (1) facilitate initial adoption of simSchool in teacher education...
Computers in the Schools Vol. 23, No. 3 (Feb 16, 2007) pp. 1–21
The Millennium Project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) program for four years spanning 1999-2003. The project was led by the University of North Texas and sought to increase the...
Computers in the Schools Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jan 18, 2008) pp. 23–41
Data gathered from 25 rural public school districts in Texas during 2002-2003 were used to assess the impact of educator professional development and technology-intensive classroom learning activities on first- and second-grade students' reading...
Computers in the Schools Vol. 18, No. 2 (Jun 24, 2002) pp. 5–25
Ten years of instrument development are summarized and placed within a framework for assessing the impact of technology in education. Seven well-validated instruments spanning the areas of attitudes, beliefs, skills, competencies, and technology...
Computers in the Schools Vol. 25, No. 1 (July 2008) pp. 126–144
The Technology Proficiency Self-Assessment (TPSA) questionnaire was administered to 978 elementary and middle school teachers from Mexico City, and 932 elementary and middle school teachers from the Dallas, Texas, metroplex in the USA, in order to...
Computers in the Schools Vol. 23, No. 1 (Jul 21, 2006) pp. 173–189
This article introduces the concept of Personal Educational Tools (PETs) and places these tools within the context of existing rationales for using technology for teaching, learning, and instruction. An identification of the distinguishing...
Measuring Teacher Attitudes toward Instructional Technology: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the TAC and TAT
Dominick Shattuck; Kristen A. Corbell; Jason W. Osbourne; Gerald Knezek; Rhonda Christensen; Lisa Leonor Grable
Computers in the Schools Vol. 28, No. 4 (2011) pp. 291–315
In this article the authors present a confirmatory factor analysis of the Teachers' Attitudes Toward Computers (TAC) and the Teachers' Attitudes Toward Information Technology (TAT) scales by Christensen and Knezek (1996, 1998) using large samples...
Researching Impact: Measuring Technology Enhanced Outcomes from the NASA Space Science Education Consortium
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching Vol. 39, No. 4 (2020) pp. 399–420
A conceptual framework for empirical research on the impact of NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) activities is presented in this paper, along with a cross-referencing system between the NSF-based NSSEC evaluation framework and...
Gender Differences in High School Student Dispositions Toward Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Careers
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching Vol. 34, No. 4 (October 2015) pp. 395–408
STEM disposition surveys were completed by 364 11th and 12th grade students attending a two-year university-based residential science and mathematics academy during fall 2012. Surveys were completed by the same classes as a post test administration...
Piloting Innovative Learning Experiences: Outcomes of Digital Fabrication Activities across Five Classrooms
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching Vol. 38, No. 2 (April 2019) pp. 115–152
Declining academic achievement across U.S. schools, particularly in mathematics and science, has prompted several initiatives to increase the quality of teaching in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The National Science...
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching Vol. 39, No. 4 (2020) pp. 285–290
Space science education is an area of emerging importance in the 21st Century. Missions sponsored by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and programs facilitated through the NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC)...
Information and Communication Technologies in Hands-On Science: Emerging Trends Across Three Nations
Gerald Knezek; Hiromitsu Muta; Joke Voogt; Rhonda Christensen; David Moore; John Southworth; Marie Tada; Greg Jones
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching Vol. 19, No. 3 (2000) pp. 277–295
This article introduces a framework for classifying information and communication technologies (ICT) in hands-on science activ-ities in K-12 education. Exemplary projects from the USA and the Netherlands demonstrate the potential of the use of ICT....
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching Vol. 33, No. 3 (July 2014) pp. 257–282
Researchers in this study looked at the effect of content-specific, technology-rich project-based learning activities on EC-8 pre-service teachers’ competencies and skills, as well as pre-service teacher’s attitudes toward science, technology,...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2000 (2000) pp. 1505–1510
In the United States (U.S.) there is a shortage of new teachers possessing skills to integrate technology into the classroom. The U.S. Department of Education has recognized this problem and has funded projects targeted at pre-service teacher...
Blending Formal and Informal Learning Through an Online Immersive Game Environment: Contrasts in Interactions by Middle School Boys and Girls
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2016 (Mar 21, 2016) pp. 535–540
Analysis of data gathered from a game-based learning environment produced for an NSF-funded STEM education project has demonstrated that middle school teachers can increase time on task and enhance interest in richer learning of classroom content...
Topics: Games & Simulations
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2004 (2004) pp. 879–884
The use of handheld technologies is becoming widespread in the K-12 environment. While students seem ready to embrace these devices it is not as easy to identify readiness in educators. Teacher and educator familiarity is essential prior to...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (Mar 02, 2009) pp. 938–946
Assessment of learning within a simulated teaching environment is addressed within the context of a federally funded project to improve the maturity and retention of preservice teachers. Analysis of matched treatment and comparison data from two...
Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association 1996 (Jan 26, 1996)
The Computer Attitude Questionnaire (CAQ) is a Likert-type self-report instrument with paired-comparison items added to provide supplemental information. The CAQ is intended for use in the middle school environment, grades six to eight. A 1993...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2001 (2001) pp. 1999–2001
The evolution of online data collection systems implemented by the Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) Millennium Project team (US Dept. of Ed. Capacity Building Grant # P342A990474) during the 1999-2000 school year is described....
EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2019 (Jun 24, 2019) pp. 388–395
The preparation of teachers to integrate technology is a critical component for their future use of technology in the classroom. Changes in relationships among technology related variables during a semester long online course revealed that students...
Predictors of STEM Career Interest Among Middle School Students: Implications for Educational Reform, Policy, and Innovation
EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2019 (Jun 24, 2019) pp. 625–630
Pre-post matched pairs data were collected from 499 males and 416 females in grades six and seven during 2015-2016 from 24 classrooms in nine US states. Fourteen cognitive and non-cognitive indicators of content knowledge, attitudes toward climate...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2004 (2004) pp. 2339–2346
This paper contains a corollary study of scientifically-based research conducted to verify the impact of one large-scale U.S. Dept. of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant's activities (Grant # R303A99030, 1999-2004) on K-3 reading...
Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association 1996 (Jan 26, 1996)
This paper reports on the first stage of the construction and refinement process underway in pursuit of developing a brief composite instrument to measure teachers' attitudes toward computers. Items (n=284) from 14 questionnaires assessing teacher...
Perceptions of Early, Mid or Late Career Teachers Regarding Technology Integration, Technology Proficiency and Access to Tools and Resources
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2017 (Mar 05, 2017) pp. 946–953
This study is based on teacher classifications according to the number of years spent teaching. Teachers are classified as Early, Mid and Late Career. Differences among categories of teachers are examined with regard to technology proficiency,...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2015 (Mar 02, 2015) pp. 1604–1609
Data were gathered from 73 teachers and 833 students in an all male high school in the southwest region of the United States. This paper is based on data collected the first year in which all students were provided an iPad mobile learning device....
Topics: Mobile Learning
Capitalizing on Informal Learning Opportunities to Enhance Formal Learning in Classroom Environments
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2018 (Mar 26, 2018) pp. 1920–1926
Three middle school sites are compared to assess the measured impact of informal space science education activities on science content knowledge, enthusiasm for an event such as a total solar eclipse, and longer-term dispositions toward space...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 1999 (1999) pp. 1319–1322
This paper compares and contrasts attitudes of preservice teachers to those of inservice teachers and administrators. In the first section we describe categories of preservice and inservice educators from which data has been gathered, while the...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2006 (Mar 19, 2006) pp. 1671–1676
This paper introduces one of the key topics addressed in the symposium, Information Technology in Education Worldwide. The focus in on the importance of attitudes and competencies in the implementation of information technology in education....
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2003 (2003) pp. 867–870
The authors previously reported finding extensive differences in teacher attitudes and skills as well as student perceptions of technology, based on whether or not information technology users had access to a computer at home (Knezek & Christensen,...
The Technology in Education Competency Survey (TECS): A Self-Appraisal Instrument for NCATE Standards
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2001 (2001) pp. 2288–2289
The Technology in Education Competency Survey (TECS v1.1) is a self-assessment rating form covering teacher competencies in major areas addressed by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for the USA. It ...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2017 (Mar 05, 2017) pp. 2067–2073
Going Green! Middle Schoolers Out to Save the World (MSOSW) focuses on students using energy monitoring equipment to assess the amount of standby power consumed by their home entertainment devices and appliances when not performing any useful...
Contrasts in Openness toward Mobile Learning in the Classroom: A Study of Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers
International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA) 2017 (2017)
In a study involving 1414 elementary, middle school, and high school teachers from a large school district in the southwestern USA, the authors examine the similarities and differences among teachers at the three levels of K-12 education common in...
Space Science Activities to Enhance Middle School Students’ Interest in STEM: Follow-up Assessment of Disposition Retention
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2019 (Nov 04, 2019) pp. 971–980
Sixth grade students participating in a four-hour hands-on technology enriched space science camp acquired more positive dispositions toward space science (ES = .46, p
Learner Attributes and Technology-Enriched Environments Associated with Positive Climate Change Attitudes and Energy and Environmental Science Knowledge in Middle School Students
EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2018 (Jun 25, 2018) pp. 1736–1743
Pre-post data from 764 treatment and 553 comparison middle school students from nine US states were analyzed to examine STEM-related attitudes and dispositions aligning with climate change beliefs and intentions, and acquisition of energy and...