Title page for ETD etd-11052003-152749

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Chapman, Betty Foust
Author's Email Address bechapma@vt.edu
URN etd-11052003-152749
Title An Assessment of Business Teacher Educators' Adoption of Computer Technology
Degree PhD
Department Teaching and Learning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Heath-Camp, Betty A. Committee Chair
Brown, Ralphael L. Committee Member
Holmes, Glen A. Committee Member
Skaggs, Gary E. Committee Member
Stewart, Daisy L. Committee Member
  • computer history in education
  • adoption
  • integration
  • computer technology
  • instructional technology
  • diffusion of innovation theory
Date of Defense 2003-08-29
Availability unrestricted


Federal legislation, the Office of Technology Assessment of the U. S. Congress, and national and state technological standards strongly encourage faculty to use computer technology in their lessons as a teaching tool. Technological standards have existed for several years that strongly encourage the use of computer technology in colleges and universities as a teaching tool. Yet it is difficult for faculty to infuse technology into their teaching.

The purpose of this study was to assess and identify the factors that influence business teacher educators to adopt computer technology methods and utilize them in their instruction and to determine the extent to which business teacher educators are adopting computer technology in their teaching. The population consisted of 95 members of the National Association of Teacher Educators for Business Education.

Findings from the descriptive statistics revealed that the largest percentage of the business teacher educators were early adopters. They indicated that they always used word processing and almost always integrated computers, projectors, and email in their instruction during the past semester. The study also found certain social, organizational, and personal motivational factors that the business teacher educators considered as very important in influencing them to adopt emerging computer technology for use in their instruction.

The means revealed differences within the respondents' personal and employment characteristics and the extent to which they adopt current computer technology as a teaching tool; however, an analysis of variance (ANOVA) indicated no significant difference between these variables. Also, multiple regression analysis revealed that the importance of students, a specific adoption category, and the importance of physical resources (hardware) significantly predicted computer technology adoption.

The study also revealed that the business teacher educators in this study have the potential to serve as change agents and role models for their student clientele and peers since the findings suggest that these faculty members are among the first individuals to adopt computer technology for use in their instruction. The findings from the study have the potential to contribute to the development of an adopter profile that could be used to identify potential adopters of emerging computer technology.

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