Science teachers' perceptions of the effectiveness of technology in the laboratories: Implications for science education leadership
Niveen K. Yaseen, Lamar University - Beaumont, United States
Lamar University - Beaumont . Awarded
The purpose of this study was to identify science teachers' perceptions concerning the use of technology in science laboratories and identify teachers' concerns and recommendations for improving students' learning. Survey methodology with electronic delivery was used to gather data from 164 science teachers representing Texas public schools. The data confirmed that weaknesses identified in the 1990s still exist. Lack of equipment, classroom space, and technology access, as well as large numbers of students, were reported as major barriers to the implementation of technology in science laboratories.
Significant differences were found based on gender, grade level, certification type, years of experience, and technology proficiency. Females, elementary teachers, traditionally trained teachers, and less experienced teachers revealed a more positive attitude toward the use of technology in science laboratories. Participants in this study preferred using science software simulations to support rather than replace traditional science laboratories. Teachers in this study recommended professional development programs that focused on strategies for a technology integrated classroom.
Yaseen, N.K. Science teachers' perceptions of the effectiveness of technology in the laboratories: Implications for science education leadership. Ph.D. thesis, Lamar University - Beaumont.
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