Title: Raising the technological competence of high school science and mathematics teachers of Mexico through delivery of an online program

Authors: J. Gabriel Domínguez Castillo; Pedro José Canto Herrera; Jose A. Ortega Carrillo; D.G. McCalman

Addresses: Center of Pedagogical Innovation FCA, Autonomous University of Yucatán, Carr. Antigua Chuburná Between 31 and 35-A, CP 97200 Mérida, Yucatán, México ' Social Sciences Campus, Business Administration and Humanities, Km. 1 Carretera Mérida-Tizimín, Cholul, CP 97305, Mexico ' College of Didactics and Scholar Organization, Campus Universitario de Cartuja, CP 18071 Granada, Spain ' Department of Management, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas, USA 72035

Abstract: To live, learn and work successfully in an increasingly complex and information-rich society, teachers should use information and communication technology (ICT) competently. Today's teachers must be prepared to offer their students enriched learning opportunities in ICT. Every teacher's professional repertoire must include the preparation for ICT use, and understanding of how the technologies can support student learning. In this study, the effect of the implementation of an online course in improving the technological skills of math and science teachers from public high schools in the southeast of Mexico was investigated. The results indicate the effectiveness of the training process (DICUTICDS) in the development of competencies and the effects of variables: gender, age, educational background and type of school in developing skills for the use of teachers in ICTS. The implications are discussed within the context of the National Development Plan (2013-2018) for Mexico.

Keywords: educational technology; ICT; technological skills; teacher training; technological competence; high schools; science and mathematics education; Mexico; online courses; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; teacher skills; gender; age; educational background; school types.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2016.076317

International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 2016 Vol.16 No.2, pp.163 - 180

Received: 25 Apr 2015
Accepted: 28 Aug 2015

Published online: 03 May 2016 *

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