Factors contributing to Thai teachers' uptake of tablet technology in EFL primary classrooms

Sompatu Vungthong, Emilia Djonov, Jane Torr

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    Abstract

    The enthusiasm for using tablets in education has been witnessed in several countries including Thailand. One Tablet Per Child (OTPC) introduced by the Thai government in 2011 involves tablet distribution to primary school students and application development. English as a foreign language (EFL) applications in OTPC tablets hold much promise to address the challenges of insufficiently qualified EFL teachers and students' limited exposure to English. Despite this potential, little is known about the factors influencing whether and how teachers adopt this technology in EFL classrooms. Through an analysis of 213 questionnaires completed by Grade 2 EFL teachers in Thailand, this study revealed factors influencing teachers' decisions to use the tablets in the classroom, including their views about the potential of the EFL app to support children's language learning. The study's findings have implications for policy makers and other stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of similar projects in the future.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)8-28
    Number of pages21
    JournalAsian EFL Journal
    Volume19
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

    Keywords

    • EFL
    • Primary teachers
    • Technology in the classroom
    • Thailand

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