Enhancing Teachers' Incorporation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) into Classroom Teaching: A Professional Development Strategy

Watters, James J., Leung, Kin Ping, & Ginns, Ian S. (2006) Enhancing Teachers' Incorporation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) into Classroom Teaching: A Professional Development Strategy. Asia-Pacific Cybereducation Journal, 2(1).


Throughout the Asia-Pacific region, despite government efforts to promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in schools the acceptance and use of these technologies by classroom teachers has been slow to take off. This study focused on ascertaining the effectiveness of a school-based, on-site, and ongoing professional development program conducted in a primary school in Hong Kong. There were training sessions conducted by fellow teachers, and participatory action research groups to share resources and experience in incorporating ICT in teaching. Teachers incorporation of computers in teaching was significantly increased in the first year of intervention but showed fluctuation in the second year. A number of explanations for these changes were offered by teachers in their interviews. The lower self-ratings in year two may be due to changes in self-perception rather than changes in actual ability or practices.

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ID Code: 4836
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: professional development, information and communication technology, ICT, e, learning, adoption of technology, Hong Kong, teacher change, school, based research
ISSN: 1738-3285
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 APEC Cyber Education Cooperation/Indiana University
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:34

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