A study of Hong Kong home economics teachers’ adoption of information and communication technologies

PhD Thesis


Ho, Kitty. 2010. A study of Hong Kong home economics teachers’ adoption of information and communication technologies. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland.
Title

A study of Hong Kong home economics teachers’ adoption of information and communication technologies

TypePhD Thesis
Authors
AuthorHo, Kitty
SupervisorAlbion, Peter
Janse van Rensburg, Henriette
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages351
Year2010
Abstract

Research has indicated that, despite support through policy and resources provision in many countries, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have made little impact in the classroom practices and teachers are still using traditional expository pedagogy. The purpose of this study was to investigate what factors might be affecting the change process in achieving the optimum 21st Century teaching of Home Economics in Hong Kong, with ICT forming a part of the teaching and learning process.

The integration of ICT is a major educational change to achieving 21st Century teaching and learning. It involves instructional changes in the classroom from a
teacher-centred to a student-centred approach and changes in the use of curriculum resources and personal beliefs. This educational change is a complex process and is
affected by many factors. These factors include principals in schools, teachers, technical support, computer resources and professional development opportunities. Many barriers also exist which hinder the integration of ICT by the teachers.

A questionnaire survey distributed to 350 secondary schools elicited 252 responses. The survey results revealed that teachers typically had attained at least the
Intermediate standard on the Hong Kong IT competence for teachers, held positive attitudes and had access to ICT in their teaching space. Interviews and classroom
observations were also conducted with six teachers which provided further evidence of how ICT were used by the teachers. Teachers saw problems with a lack of time to
practise their IT skills and there was a strong agreement about the need for professional development in the specifics of working with ICT in Home Economics. Factors which are unique to the Hong Kong situation were identified to explain the current situation.

By identifying the factors and barriers affecting the change process, and the needs and problems of the teachers in integrating ICT, suggestions were made on how ICT
can be adopted and integrated more effectively in the Home Economics classrooms.

Keywordsinformation and communication technologies; ICT integration; home economics; Hong Kong; 21st Century; teaching; learning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390405. Educational technology and computing
390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
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