Impediments to Technology Integration: Individual Factors, School-Based Factors, and System-Wide Factors Identified by High-Using Technology Teachers
Wednesday, March 9 10:45 AM-11:15 AM Location: Oaklands
Abstract: Although research studies in education frequently show that use of technology can help student learning, its use is often impacted by a number of barriers. Hew & Brush (2006) identified six barriers to technology integration and noted that much research is limited to teachers and their classrooms and fails to include potentially important variables at the school or district level. This study examined high technology-using teachers who had completed an advanced studies graduate program. The study asked participants to identify (Phase 1) and rate (Phase 2) impediments that might serve as barriers to their use of technology and technology integrating instructional strategies. Results identified seven categories related to Individual Factors, ten related to School-Based Factors, and four related to System-Wide Practices and Policies Factors. A statistically significant difference existed between ratings of the three factors as well as a statistically significant difference between the rankings of the three factors.