Instructional Use of Information and Communication Technologies: Teachers' Resistance to the Use of New Technologies

By Pervin Oya Taneri and S. Sadi Seferoglu.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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In the present day, the use of information technologies in businesses and industry has increased quickly and extensively. These developments in information and communication technologies have made it compulsory for students to use technologies to be successful members of the knowledge-based world. New technologies have the potential to support education through the curricula and help individuals to adopt the new demands of today’s business and industry. However, many teachers still do not integrate these tools in their instruction. As a result, the use of high-level technology is still unexpectedly low. This paper seeks out the attitudes and opinions of teachers about the implementation of new technologies in their classrooms. The aim of this paper is to discover the information technologies that teachers are using and how often they are using them. The participants of the study were public school teachers in Turkey. Data were collected by using a questionnaire. The questionnaire included questions related to demographic characteristics of teachers and the availability of information technologies in the school used for teaching. It is expected that the findings of this research would find data currently not available to educators and education policy makers. The information obtained from this research would also be functional for teacher educators to improve teacher training programs to facilitate the needs of teachers.

Keywords: Information Technology, Teacher Resistance to Change, Teacher Training, Barriers

International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.61-71. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 446.738KB).

Assist. Prof. Dr. Pervin Oya Taneri

Assistant Professor, Educational Sciences , Curriculum Development and Instruction, University of Cankiri Karatekin, Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Taneri is a faculty member at the Department of Educational Sciences Curriculum Development and Instruction at the University of Cankiri Karatekin, in Turkey. She received her bachelor’s degree in Measurement and Evaluation in Education at Hacettepe University in 2000. She received her master’s degree in 2004 and doctoral degree in 2010 from the Department of Educational Sciences in Middle East Technical University in the field of curriculum and instruction. In 2009, she studied in Belgium at Gent University for six months. Her main professional interests are teacher education, critical thinking, creative drama, rural education, quality of education, and use of technology in education.

Assoc.Prof.Dr. S. Sadi Seferoglu

Dr. Seferoglu is a faculty member at the Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology of Faculty of Education at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. He received his first bachelor’s degree in Radio-TV department in the School of Journalism at AITIA in 1980. He received his second bachelor’s degree in the Department of Educational Administration of School of Education of Gazi University in 1985. He completed his graduate studies at Columbia University, New York, where he received master’s degrees in 1989, and 1993, and doctoral degree in 1996. Use of technology in education, web design, e-learning, instructional material design, teacher education, professional development, communication technologies are his main professional interests. He authored a book titled “Instructional Technology and Material Design”, and co-authored several books on the use of technology in education.