Influences on Science Teacher Technology Acquisition and Integration Within International Schools

Virtual Paper ID: 55189
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    Erik Kormos
    Colegio Karl C. Parrish
  2. Jair Medina
    Universidad del Norte - Barranquilla, Colombia
  3. Pamela Zipper
    Colegio Karl C. Parrish

Abstract: This study aimed to develop an understanding of current practices by grades 6-12 science teachers in the field of international education to best prepare educators in effectives usage of technology. A quantitative investigation examined the usage of educational technology of 282 respondents within American-accredited schools affiliated with International School Services (ISS). A researcher-designed survey instrument explored teacher adoption of technology, sources of acquired skills, and barriers to integration. The study revealed personal trial and error as the most likely way to acquire new knowledge. In addition, financial cost was viewed as the largest barrier to usage. By better understanding science teachers’ use of technology in the field, school administrators and teachers themselves may identify new strategies to implement technology. It is recommended that future research be conducted on a multi-state or national level basis to investigate technology integration in science classrooms at each grade level to best prepare educators for when they are in the classroom.


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