Educational needs of faculty members regarding ICT use at the school for the handicapped


Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology, vol.13, no.1, pp.41-51, 2010 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Name: Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.41-51
  • Keywords: Educational needs, Faculty member, ICT integration, Professional development
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study is to determine the educational needs of the faculty members of the School for the Handicapped (SfH) - the only school in Turkey pursuing vocational higher education to the hearingimpaired students- regarding the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The study was carried out as a qualitative case study. The participants of the study included 3 administrators and 24 faculty members from the SfH. The data were collected through the participant observations by compiling the semi-structured interviews, open-ended questionnaires, researcher's journal, documents and the archival records. The data have been analyzed inductively. The perspectives of both the administrators and the faculty members about the use of ICT revealed important evidence for determining the present case concerning the ICT integration process in the SfH. The data have been discussed in the light of the related research. © 2005 - 2010JATIT. All rights reserved.