[Chais] Teachers in a World of Change: Teachers' Knowledge and Attitudes towards the Implementation of Innovative Technologies in Schools ARTICLE
Orit Avidov-Ungar, Yoram Eshet-Alkalai, Open University, Israel
IJELLO Volume 7, Number 1, ISSN 1552-2237 Publisher: Informing Science Institute
The implementation of innovative technologies in school is a complex process that enquires creating a pedagogical, technological, and managerial systemic change in the school-culture – a process that usually fails to meet the high expectations and to create the systemic change. In light of the many recent studies, which indicate that teachers' perception and attitudes play a pivotal role of in the success or the failure of technology-implementation projects, the present study explores the teachers' perceptions and attitudes towards the implementation of an innovative technology (smart class) in school by analyzing the inter-relationships between the major pedagogical factors that act in a technology-implementation process: (1) the teachers' attitudes towards change, (2) the teachers' technological-pedagogical content knowledge, and (3) the teachers' perception of school as a learning organization. Data was gathered using questionnaires that captured the teachers' level of “Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge” (TPACK), their perception of school as a learning organization, and their attitude towards change. Findings indicate a positive correlation between TPACK and the teachers' attitudes towards change, and a positive correlation between teachers' attitudes towards change and their perception of school as a learning organization. Participants who scored high in TPACK and in perceiving their school as a learning organization also scored high in their positive attitudes towards change. Key words: TPACK, attitude; teacher's attitudes towards change, school as a learning organization, innovative technology, educational technology, smart class; educational change I
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