Computer self-efficacy and classroom practice : what is the correlation?

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Beaudin, Lorraine C.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1998
The present technological focus in education is requiring teachers to become computer-literate so that they are better able to integrate computer technology into their teaching. This thesis examines teachers' leves of computer self-efficacy (one's belief in one's ability to use computers) to see if there is a correlation with computer self-efficacy and classroom practice. Current research suggest that one can use computer self-efficacy as a way of determing teachers' levels of willingness to use computers. Based on the distribution of a computer self-efficacy scale and a questionnaire designed to identify computer technology integration into teaching, this study shows the correlation between computer self-efficacy and classroom practice in a selection of schools in southern Alberta. The finding of the research show that there is a weak correlation (r=0.405) between CSE and classroom practice; while there is a moderate to strong correlation (r=0.62) between CSE and instructional practice. Interestingly, the correlations between CSE and each of the specific classroom uses listed in the survey were extremely weak. These correlation coefficients ranged from 0.0777-0.287. Only 14/87 of the teachers surveyed have not attended a computer course. However, out of those 14 teachers only 2 do not use the computer for classroom used. On the other hand, of the 73 teachers who have attended a computer course, 16 do not use the computer in classroom teaching. For this group of teachers, participating in a computer course did not appear to have an impact on classroom practice. Moreover, the reseach found that those teachers with high levels of CSE do not necessarily teach using computers. An exploration of change literature provides a framework for understanding these results, and help place in perspective the need to rethink guidelines for professional development, teacher education and classroom practice as they relate to computers in education.
vii, 68 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm.
Microcomputers , Computer literacy -- Alberta , Education -- Data processing , Computers , Computer-assisted instruction , Dissertations, Academic