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In Romania, 7 out of 10 teachers prefer to teach using the computer

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tuesday, the 24th of June, during an event hosted by the University of Bucharest and the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, were made public the results of the evaluation research report on the implementation of SEI (The IT-Based Educational System). The research was conducted during August 2007 – May 2008 by the University of Bucharest in collaboration with the Institute for Education Sciences, Centre for Innovation and Development in Education (TEHNE) and the Association for Education Sciences (ASTED). 

The IT-Based Educational System (SEI - from Romanian “Sistem Educational Informatizat”) is a complex program initiated by the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth (MERY) and its basic objective is to support the teaching/ learning process in the pre-university education system with cutting edge technology. The program supports the objectives of the educational reform in conformity with the European strategies eEurope 2005, initiated by the European Union as part of the European eLearning initiative. 

The research report is focused on the way in which the new ICT are used in the Romanian education system for teaching and learning activities, for school collaboration and for developing specific competencies for the 21st Century for students. The results reveal a positive impact of SEI on the education system, both on teaching staff and on learners. 

Regarding the teachers’ activity, ICT have the greatest role in the facilitation of the learning objectives achievement, followed by the discharge of teaching activities. Regarding the organization of the education process, the value of using ICT is pointed out by teachers especially concerning active and participative learning, as well as concerning cooperative learning. 

Seven teachers out of ten (70.2%) reveal a positive impact of ICT on the learning performance at their discipline and 65% declare that they use a computer well or very well. 

Another aspect revealed by the study indicates that teacher training in Computer-Assisted Instruction has a significant importance. 

Therefore 83% of the teachers, which have followed a specialized course, relate a positive impact on students regarding the use of ICT, comparing to only 65% of teachers, which have not participated in courses focused on ICT in education. 

At their turn, students consider that the most important effect of using the ICT for school lessons is the fact that they learn easier, followed very shortly by an easier understanding of content and by the fact that they learn to better use the computer. 

Only 0.9% of the students, who study in schools that were endowed with IT laboratories during the implementation of SEI, do not use the computers; 63% use the computer at school and 83% use the computer at home. 

95% of the students declare they would want to use more the computer and the Internet for lessons of various disciplines. 90% of pupils consider that those of them which do not have access to a computer will be disadvantaged later in their professional and social lives. 

The research is a premiere for Romania, considering its extent and the analyzed subject –the technologies’ contribution in modernizing the education system. The investigation was carried out with the help of specific questionnaires for each of the three categories of potential beneficiaries (students, teachers and school managers), that were applied to a representative sample in each category (3953 pupils, 1588 teachers and 195 head masters). 

Numerous guests among whom teachers and officials participated in the event hosted by the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences. During the event were also presented the UNESCO’s initiatives regarding the teachers’ competencies standards in using ICT, the eTwinning program for collaboration among schools in the European Union and Intel Teach –the program for training teachers initiated by Intel. 

The event was organized by the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth, the University of Bucharest -Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences with the support of the Romanian National Committee for UNESCO, the Centre for Innovation and Development in Education, Intel and SIVECO Romania.