Factors leading to the adoption of a learning technology : the case of graphics calculators
Contributor(s)Macquarie University. Dept. of Marketing and Management
Macquarie University. Macquarie International
Macquarie University. Dept. of Education
Macquarie University. Dept. of Statistics
Macquarie University. Faculty of Business and Economics
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AbstractThis paper reports on a case study which examined factors leading to the adoption of graphics calculators (GCs) by secondary mathematics teachers in the state of New South Wales, Australia. In total, 587 teachers of the General Mathematics Course (Years 11 and 12) participated in the study. The median teachers’ stage of adoption of GCs was found to be at the “Understanding and application of the process” level, the third lowest on a six point scale. The results also indicate that competence is the most important factor in explaining stages of adoption, training the second most important, followed by personal interest in GCs as well as faculty support. Teachers’ gender, teaching experience, educational qualifications and the number of GCs in schools were not found to be statistically significant. Qualitative analysis of teachers’ open ended comments also shed light on the nature of the explanatory variables. The findings are relevant to curriculum development policy and the design of professional development programs, and has implications for the introduction of other technologies.