Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education


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Published in Journal of Science Education and Technology 11:4 (December 2002), pp. 391–398. Copyright © 2002 Plenum Publishing Corporation/Springer Verlag. Used by permission.


The purpose of this study was to determine the current state of technology use and know-how among members of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science. A web-based survey site and an e-mail merge invited members to participate in the study. The survey examined the differences between current and desired levels of knowledge about using technology as an instructional tool, to support research, to enhance productivity in classroom applications, and to enhance data collection and analysis. Large mean differences about using technology as an instructional tool were found, including: (1) teaching students at a distance, (2) database applications, and (3) desktop publishing. Small mean differences were found for telecommunications and word processing.