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High school science teachers' perceptions of telecommunications utilizing a Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM)
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, University of Houston, United States

University of Houston . Awarded

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe high school science teachers' perceptions of telecommunications. The data were collected through open-ended ethnographic interviews with 24 high school science teachers from five different high schools in a single suburban school district who had been in an emerging telecommunications-rich environment for two and one-half years. The interview protocol was adapted from Honey and Henriquez (1993), with the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) (Bailey & Palsha, 1992) providing a conceptual framework for data analysis. For this study, the emerging telecommunications-rich environment included a district-wide infrastructure that had been in place for two and one-half years that included a secure district-wide Intranet, 24 network connections in each classroom, full Internet access from the network, four computers per classroom, and a variety of formal and informal professional development opportunities for teachers.

Categories of results discussed include: (a) teacher's profession use of telecommuunications; (b) teachers' perceptions of student's use of telecommunications; (c) teachers' perceptions of barriers to the implementation of telecommunications; (d) teachers' perceptions of supporting conditions for the implementation of telecommunications; (e) teachers' perceptions of the effect of telecommunications on high school science instruction; (f) teachers' perceptions of the effect of telecommunications on student's learning in high school science; and (g) the demographic variables of the sex of the teacher, years of teaching experience, school assignment within the district, course assignment(s), and academic preparation.

Implications discussed include: (a) telecommunications can be implemented successfully in a variety of high school science classrooms with adequate infrastructure support and sufficient professional development opportunities, including in classes taught by females and teachers who were not previously computer experts; (b) confirmation of the basic tenets of the CBAM model; (c) the need for a model that addresses nonstatic innovations; (d) the need for a model that addresses concerns of teachers who choose not to implement telecommunications; (e) the need for new assessment strategies; (f) informal professional development, teachers teaching other teachers, is essential in implementing telecommunications; (g) the pressure that telecommunications places upon the science curriculum; and (h) space and safety concerns associated with telecommunications in the science laboratory space.

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Slough, S.W. High school science teachers' perceptions of telecommunications utilizing a Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM). Ph.D. thesis, University of Houston. Retrieved December 8, 2019 from .

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