Conceptualizations of teaching roles for computer-related instruction in community college technology programs
Rasmussen, Oscar Andrew, Jr.
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The American dream of education for all citizens, each according to his individual capability and inclination, has engendered many innovations for improving the techniques of teaching and learning. One new idea of seeming promise is the use of electronic computers to enhance the role of the human teacher in the learning process. If the use of computers modifies teacher roles, what is the instructor's conceptualization of the potential change? The major purpose of this study was to analyze the differences between three experience categories of Texas community college technology instructors on their conceptualizations of future teaching roles involving computers as components of instruction. This study measured future teaching role conceptualization differences between the non-experienced, the experienced and the computer-instruction specialist. The measure was accomplished through the use of a field survey instrument submitted by mail to a stratified-random sample of the specified population. The response data derived from this survey were subjected to analysis of variance to determine conceptualization differences between the three experience categories. [...]