A study of the adoption of computer technology by teachers Academic Article uri icon


  • Public Schools are installing computer technology in classrooms at an alarming rate. However, the training for this infusion of technology does not always transfer to integration of the technology into the curriculum. Helping staff use technology effectively may be the most important step in realizing the current and future investments in technology. To address the lack of technology training and staff's reaction to computer technology usage, this study used the Model of Diffusion (Dooley, 1995) to determine the benefits of computers and the impediments to their use in one rural school district in Texas. Diffusion and change studies can be translated into a variety of different contexts and to a vast array of innovations. With the introduction of computers in schools, there are significant changes in the school organization and the roles of the teachers, administrators, parents and students. In order for education to institute change, it is imperative that school personnel understand the diffusion process and its implications for success or failure of innovations. This framework provides guidance for professional development strategies for all training settings.

published proceedings

  • Educational Technology and Society

author list (cited authors)

  • Dooley, L. M., Metcalf, T., & Martinez, A.

complete list of authors

  • Dooley, LM||Metcalf, T||Martinez, A

publication date

  • October 1999