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Exploring teachers' confidence to integrate technology in Trinidad and Tobago


Jaikaran-Doe, S and Fluck, A and Hay, I, Exploring teachers' confidence to integrate technology in Trinidad and Tobago, Proceedings of the 2016 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, 27 November - 01 December 2016, Melbourne, pp. 1-11. ISSN 1324-9320 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Since the late 20th Century to the early 21st Century, there has been an exponential spread of technological innovations nationally and internationally. These innovations have led to the promotion of eLearning, mLearning, and 1:1 computer programs in schools. It is against this backdrop that the Trinidad and Tobago government implemented the eConnect and Learn program which provided free laptop computers for all students transitioning from primary schools to secondary schools since 2010. A mixed methods study was conducted to investigate teachersí confidence with the laptop computers and associated technological devices. Independent-samples t-tests were performed on data collected from 53 pre-service teachers and 173 in-service teachers. Results indicated there was a significant difference (p = ≤ .001) between the two cohorts. Pre-service teachers gained higher mean scores than in-service teachers on every item of the survey but data from the interview session contrasted with this. In-service teachers reported they were more confident to use computers and the associated technological devices. Cohenís d was computed to verify the magnitude of the differences between the mean scores obtained in the independent-samples t-test. Analysis of the interview data and two overarching policies were explored to better understand the results of the t-tests.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Trinidad and Tobago, teachers confidence, ICT, teacher training
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jaikaran-Doe, S (Dr Seeta Jaikaran-Doe)
UTAS Author:Fluck, A (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
UTAS Author:Hay, I (Professor Ian Hay)
ID Code:113101
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2016-12-12
Last Modified:2017-10-05
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