An investigation into the factors that affect teachers’ attitudes towards the introduction of the Apple iPad 2 into the primary classroom
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Little research has been conducted on the use of the Apple iPad as an educational tool, and even less on teachers’ attitudes towards the introduction of the device into the primary classroom. This small-scale study aimed to investigate the factors that influenced teachers’ attitudes towards the introduction of the Apple iPad 2 into the primary classroom. Qualitative data was collected from a sample primary school in south Wales, and a small sample of teachers from another primary school, using one-to-one interviews, a group interview and an online questionnaire. The results of this study indicated that the factors that had the biggest influence on creating positive teacher attitudes towards the iPad were; gender, age, amount of formal training received and most significantly, personal ownership of an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. The study concluded that schools should ensure ongoing formal iPad training is delivered to all teachers. Moreover, schools should consider investing in teacher iPads or subsidizing personal device purchases to maximise positive attitudes.
BA (Hons) Educational Studies, Sport and Physical Activity
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