The Eruditio Project: Evaluation of an Internet Training Program for Classroom Teachers

Kathleen M. KILEY
Ibrahim H. DIKEN

Training teachers on the use of and integration of internet-based resources into the curriculum has been demonstrated to have curricular and pedagogical advantages over other, more traditional forms of computer technology. The present study focuses on the evaluation of the USWest/NEA Arizona Teacher Network Project (Eruditio Project), a collaborative effort among Arizona State University-Main, Arizona State University-West, Northern Arizona University-Yuma, Northern Arizona University-Flagstaff, Grand Canyon University, University of Arizona, Arizona Education Association (AEA) and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). The goal of the Eruditio Project is to integrate technology and telecommunications into K-12 curricula to improve student achievement by providing face-to-face and on-line training for educators throughout the state of Arizona. The purpose of this paper is to examine the outcomes of the project for both teachers and students. Participants included 124 female and 49 male teachers. The results have demonstrated multiple areas of positive change in teacher behaviors as a result of the training provided through the Eruditio project even though indicators of changes in student outcomes did not fare as well as the majority of the teacher outcomes.