Generational Attitudes and Teacher ICT Use

Jul. 17, 2010

Source: Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 18(3), 443-458. (2010).

This article investigates the impact of generational attitudes on teachers’ ICT use.

Findings from the preliminary research suggest that when applications have a use or purpose that extends beyond the classroom and into their social or personal sphere, younger teachers demonstrate noticeable confidence and a higher potential for technology integration in contrast to their older colleagues.

Notably, however, if the application is primarily work related, there seems to be no generational correlation in terms of user adoption.
In such instances, attitudes and adoption of the application tend to follow Rogers’ (2003) diffusion curve dividing into innovators, early adopters, early majority, late majority and laggards rather than reflecting significant generational attitudes.

Rogers, E. M. (2003). Diffusion of innovations (5th ed.). New York, NY: Free Press.

Updated: Feb. 13, 2012