May 11, 2020 at 7:55 am

Rosen, Thankachan Research Technology for Teaching in India

Dr. Matthew Rosen, portraitand trees behind him

Dr. Matthew Rosen

Dr. Matthew Rosen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Ohio University, together with Dr. Briju Thankachan, Director of Curriculum and Assessment Design and Improvement at OHIO’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Dr. Divya Chandrasenan, Assistant Professor of Education at University of Kerala, India, received an INTEL-funded Major Research grant from the Government of India’s Department of Scientific and Industrial Research to support their project, “Educational Technology Implementation in Teaching and Learning.”

The main purpose of this international and interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers at Ohio University and the University of Kerala was to assess the implementation and integration of Information and Communication Technologies-enabled instruction into curricular and teaching practices in Kerala, the foremost information technology-literate state in India.

“The effective integration of new technologies in educational settings depends in part on the attitudes of teachers who adapt these technologies to the broader goals of teaching and learning,” Rosen said. “This is why we think it is so important to understand teachers’ perceptions of and concerns about these innovations.”

To better understand teachers’ concerns, Thankachan, Chandrasenan, and Rosen surveyed, interviewed and observed the teaching practices of a wide range of secondary and post-secondary teachers in Kerala.

“We were incredibly fortunate to have completed the ethnographic data collection phase of this research ahead of the COVID-19 related lockdowns, travel restrictions, and general discontinuation of research involving physical contact with human subjects,” Rosen said.

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