Administrative and Demographic Factors Related to Teacher’s Confidence and Competency in Using Technology
Robert Leneway, Warren Lacefield, David Lazala de la Rosa, Spencer Carr, Western Michigan University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This is a study of the relationship between teacher competency and confidence in the use of technology and various demographic and school administrative factors. De-identified data collected from 593 teachers by a U.S. Department of Education GEAR UP project at Western Michigan University serving 3 urban and 1 rural school district during a 4 year period was used for this study. The analysis of this data shows moderate to strong relationships between teacher confidence and teacher competency regarding instructional use of technology as well as interesting relationships between multiple demographic factors and teachers’ readiness to use technology in the classroom. Also noted is that the teachers in this large study did not generally perceive professional development as currently offered by the schools to be of help regarding their “readiness” to use technology in the classroom. Lack of “technology readiness” may be more related to field of education acknowledging “what works,” than the demographics of its teachers
Leneway, R., Lacefield, W., Lazala de la Rosa, D. & Carr, S. (2012). Administrative and Demographic Factors Related to Teacher’s Confidence and Competency in Using Technology. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1944-1951). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).