Students Helping Teachers to Use Technology: Project TECHS
Meng-Fen Lin, Sara McNeil, University of Houston, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The focus of Project TECHS is to address the need for technology integration training for inservice teachers in four participating high schools. A mixed method approach is employed to address three research areas: 1) contextual variables that influence the implementation of Project TECHS; 2) students' attitude change about schools; 3) teacher computer self-efficacy change. Data collected through interviews revealed three factors that challenged the initial implementation of Project TECHS: 1) administration support; 2) establishment of trusting relationships; 3) existing school structures. Preliminary student surveys showed overall positive attitudes toward schools. However, opinions on whether teachers like to learn or take suggestions from students were bipolar. Initial teacher surveys revealed moderate self-reported efficacy both in teaching with computers and personal computer use.
Lin, M.F. & McNeil, S. (2004). Students Helping Teachers to Use Technology: Project TECHS. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2388-2395). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).