The use of instructional technology as a pedagogical tool: A case study of technological applications in a religious institution
Kimberley Y. Richards, University of Cincinnati, United States
University of Cincinnati . Awarded
Technology has impacted the lives of every member of society irrespective of age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, or institutional environment. Approximately 70% of current jobs require some level of computer literacy. Technology has become a tool to help people assimilate and utilize information in their personal and professional lives and in business and industry, hospitals and health organizations, non-profit agencies, educational institutions and churches.
The purpose of this study is to review the utilization of electronic technology as a pedagogical tool within a church environment. This study examines the use of electronic technology for religious education, sermon delivery, and communications.
Members of a church in southwest Ohio that has actively integrated electronic technology into the delivery of services participated in interviews and survey-based data collection. The researcher used a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods to gather information. Data collection addressed four specific research questions: (1) What are member attitudes about the use of technology in this church? (2) How are instructional technology innovations adopted? (3) What change strategies were implemented to facilitate the adoption of these innovations? (4) What was the impact of technology on the church?
Findings indicated that electronic technology served as a tool to enhance church programs and attract new members. The membership of the church was supportive and enthusiastic about the adoption and implementation of technology as an integral component of this church. They expressed positive beliefs that technology-enhanced services increased the church's ability to communicate its mission and reach new members. Factors that contributed to the success of the use of technology in this church were the leadership role played by the senior pastor and the use of team-based decision-making in the adoption and implementation of electronic technology.
Richards, K.Y. The use of instructional technology as a pedagogical tool: A case study of technological applications in a religious institution. Ph.D. thesis, University of Cincinnati.
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