Date of Award

7-1-1983

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Department of Foreign Languages

First Advisor

Dr. Claudette Williams

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between selected personal variables and the utilization of virtual cyberspace technology (VCT) as perceived by principals and educational technology leaders. Four personal variables were selected: (1) technology knowledge, (2) technology training, (3) human-interaction skills, and (4) leadership skills. The data were gathered from a two-part questionnaire completed by principals and educational technology leaders. Part I of the questionnaire requested personal data from the principals and educational technology leaders. To ensure that sufficient data was requested, Part II of the questionnaire was structured with 36 statements which related to the utilization of virtual cyberspace technology and independent variables. The questionnaire was sent to the principals and educational technology leaders in 12 elementary schools, 18 middle schools, 25 high schools, and the district-level instructional technology divisions of the two counties which are located in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. A total of 115 questionnaires were distributed among the 55 participating schools and the instructional technology divisions for the two school districts. Of that number, 68 properly completed questionnaires were received from 33 principals and 35 educational technology leaders. That represented a response rate of approximately 60 percent. A Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient (r) and a One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) were used to determine what significant relationships and differences existed with regard to the independent, dependent, and intervening variables. The findings indicated that there was a significant relationship among the principals' and educational technology leaders' perceptions of the utilization of VCT and technology knowledge and technology training. It could also be concluded that, in regard to human-interaction skills, there was no significant relationship between the principals and educational technology leaders and utilization of VCT. However, this study indicated that having dynamic leadership skills may increase the utilization of virtual cyberspace technology.

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