Effects of an Educational Computing Course on Preservice and Inservice Teachers: A Discussion and Analysis of Attitudes and Use

Yildirim, Soner
June 2000
Journal of Research on Computing in Education;Summer2000, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p479
Academic Journal
This study examined the changes in preservice and inservice teachers' attitudes toward computers following their participation in an educational computing class, and it explored the factors that contributed to their computer use. The study used data from 114 preservice and inservice teachers (83 female, 31 male) who attended a university in southern California. Results of doubly multivariate repeated measures indicated that teachers' attitudes (anxiety, confidence, and liking) significantly improved after the computer literacy course. The follow-up study indicated that teachers' prior computer, a professor's willingness to teach, and the current use of technology in the schools at which they work also influenced their attitudes toward and use of computers. (Keywords: attitudes toward computers, preservice and inservice teacher education, preservice technology training.)


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