Prospective Teacher's Attitudes Toward Computers
Marcin Paprzycki, University of Texas of the Permian, United States ; Draga Vidakovic, Duke University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
A wide variety of technologies is currently used in educational settings (Mitchell & Paprzycki 1993, Paprzycki & Mitchell, 1991, Vidakovic & Paprzycki, 1993). However, within the last couple of years, most of these technologies are being used (and enriched) in a computer-based environment. It is obvious that it will be teachers (present and future) who will play a decisive role in how successful the technology will be in education. At the same time, there seems to linger a widespread belief that teachers are more hesitant and less likely to embrace computer technology than other professionals. We have decided to investigate the validity of this belief on a population of prospective teachers and examine students’ attitudes toward computers in relationship to gender, age and academic major. We developed a survey to examine the level of computer anxiety. The aim of this paper is to present the preliminary results of our study.
Paprzycki, M. & Vidakovic, D. (1994). Prospective Teacher's Attitudes Toward Computers. In J. Willis, B. Robin & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 1994--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 74-76). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).