Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Educational Studies and Computer Science
Educational Studies Faculty
As our world becomes more technologically advanced and the availability of jobs in the Computer Science (CS) field increases, it is important that U.S. students are provided with a CS education and experience technology integration in their classrooms. My research examined the availability and quality of CS and technology in schools based on the perceptions of K-12 teachers in the Hartford area. Through analysis of online survey responses and follow-up interviews, I identified that teachers’ perceived the availability and quality of CS and technology in schools to be influenced by factors, such as funding disparities, teacher inexperience, and lack of administrative and technical support. Based on these findings, I argue that many teachers have a misconception about CS. I also argue that teachers’ perceptions are disconnected when comparing their current school to other schools. If we wish to have our students develop the essentials skill to be fully functioning members of our technologically advanced society, I recommend that K-12 teachers are provided with more administrative and technical support and better Professional Development training that involves the foundation of basic CS principles.
Lake, Pauline H., "Teachers’ Perceptions on the Availability and Quality Of Computer Science and Technology in Schools". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2013.
Trinity College Digital Repository, http://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/325