Date of Award:

5-2009

Document Type:

Dissertation

Degree Name:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department:

Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences

Advisor/Chair:

Nick Eastmond

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to develop a deep understanding of Utah State University teacher educators' perceptions and lived experience with computer technology integration. Ten methods course instructors in secondary education participated. Data were collected using the phenomenological research method: (1) conducting one-on-one in-depth interviews, (2) classroom observations of the four participants, and (3) examining artifacts, such as syllabi and presentation evaluation forms used by the participants. The findings of this research show that the subjects regard computer technology as a powerful instructional tool. They also realize it is important to prepare preservice teachers with computer technology for their future careers. The study analyzes the positive and negative aspects of using computer technology in teaching and personal experiences, and how these influence the participants' computer technology integration. The results indicate four types of computer technology integration among the teacher educators: (1) Advanced Users, (2) Technical Users, (3) Reluctant Users, and (4) Resisters, as well as some advantages and disadvantages of using computer technology in educational settings. Based on the findings of the research, some strategies are suggested to improve the teacher educators' computer technology integration at Utah State University. These suggestions include aspects such as amending training procedures and building a supportive environment in the teacher educators' professional development. Future research perspectives are also proposed at the end of the dissertation.

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