The Complexities of Measuring Technological Literacy

The Complexities of Measuring Technological Literacy

Marcie J. Bober (San Diego State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-494-1.ch012
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Abstract

Evaluating the impact of technology infusion is fraught with challenges. In this chapter, the author argues that the variance in evaluation rigor and quality about which so many complain depicts definitional confusion about technological literacy—the central premise underlying nearly all technology initiatives. She offers strategies for improving how we operationalize technological literacy as a construct—in part by drawing on the best of the many standards systems proffered by well-respected professional associations and educational agencies. She closes the discussion with a brief examination of other evaluative complications that exacerbate measurement/assessment—to wit, the criticality of engaging stakeholders; timely evaluator selection; and robust, up-front evaluation design and planning,

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