CEC Theses and Dissertations

Title

Computers in Puerto Rico: Training of Teachers and Applications

Date of Award

1995

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences

Advisor

John Kingsburry

Committee Member

Gerorge K. Fornshell

Committee Member

Sr. Virginia Chasas

Abstract

This study gathered information about the training of teachers and the application of computers in education in Puerto Rico. The information for the study was assessed mainly by two questionnaires designed by the researcher and distributed to 229 teachers in public and private schools who were using computers as a teaching tool and 21 college professors who were teaching or had taught the Computer Literacy course in Teacher Education Programs. The syllabi of the computer courses were also consulted. Results of the study indicated that higher education institutions meet, at least at a satisfactory level, the standards of the International Society for Technology in Education. The computer is used in a variety of tasks as an instructional tool (CAI) and in some managerial tasks (CMI). It is recommended that higher education institutions adopt the competencies presented by the International Society of Technology in Education. It is also important that the universities collaborate with the Department of Education, providing the necessary knowledge and skills that will enable teachers to use the new technologies properly, without forgetting the human part involved in the educational process.

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