Technology in Context: The Case of Teachers' Attitudes Toward Technology in the Maldives
Thomas Hammond, Ali Shameem, Lehigh 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), Chesapeake, VA
This study represents the first attempt, in the Maldives, to investigate teacher attitudes towards technology and explore the applicability of findings from literature when predicting technology related attitudes of Maldives' teachers. A cross-sectional survey analysis was used to explore the attitudinal factors from the literature (i.e. perceptions of technology attributes, access to technology, and cultural perceptions toward technology, computer competence, and technology training) to identify if these factors predict teacher attitudes towards technology over and above demographics characteristics. Results of a hierarchical multiple regression analysis (N= 150) showed that three predictor variables-technology attributes, cultural perceptions, and access to technology-explained a significant amount of variance (39.3%) in Maldives' teachers' attitudes towards technology. Implications for teacher professional development in the Maldives are provided.
Hammond, T. & Shameem, A. (2012). Technology in Context: The Case of Teachers' Attitudes Toward Technology in the Maldives. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2287-2317). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).