Mobile Technology and Teachers’ Attitudes Towards ICTs in Basic Education
Keijo Sipilä, Department of education/ Municipality of Lieto, Finland
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The use of ICTs has been increasing in Finnish primary and secondary schools for the last decade, but the possibilities of new technology are still not used in favor of pedagogical changes; pedagogical thinking in educational institutes has not advanced in parallel with technological advances. Teachers’ attitudes and enthusiasm towards the use of ICTs in schools are significant factors in defining how technology is used in schools. The aim of this study was to investigate, if there is a difference in attitudes towards ICTs with teachers who have a personal laptop computer provided by the employee in use compared to teachers who don’t. The data was collected with an online questionnaire, to which 69 teachers from 196 (31 %) replied. The analysis of the data revealed that teachers who were using personal laptops in their work regarded ICTs in teaching and in general more positively than teachers who weren’t.
Sipilä, K. (2008). Mobile Technology and Teachers’ Attitudes Towards ICTs in Basic Education. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3270-3278). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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