BET K-12 (Brasilian eLearning Teacher training K-12)
This project aims at studying the impact of eLearning in Primary School Teacher Training in Brazil, assessing its possible applications and advantages, as well as success conditions and shortcomings. It will add a piece to the international research on the very crucial issue of teacher training in developing countries which face shortages of teachers and large numbers of underqualified teachers, exploring possibilities and drawbacks of eLearning applications. The research will involve three main areas:
1. The issue of access to ICTs: which involves technical, economic, sociological and psychological factors influencing persons¿ opportunities to use the technologies.
2. The issue of quality: how is it possible to implement an effective and efficient eLearning program for primary teachers in disadvantaged Brazilian areas (State of Bahia)?
3. The issue of impact: the readiness of Brazilian primary teachers to use eLearning in their training, and their adoption patterns.