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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 6, No. 3 (2010) open journal systems 


The utilisation of the Internet by Palestinian English language teachers focusing on uses, practices and barriers and overall contribution to professional development

Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan, School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Belal Mousa Rajab, School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia


Abstract
The paper describes a study designed to investigate the utilization of the Internet by English Language teachers in Gaza focusing on uses, practices and barriers. A questionnaire was developed based on literature (Kabilan, 2003; Kabilan & Mohamed Amin, 2002) and was administered to 274 English language teachers in Gaza schools. Data reveal that 130 teachers are using the Internet for teaching English in classrooms as well as for various activities that enhances their professional development, such as searching for TESL-related information and to share ideas with other teachers. Nevertheless, it was found that English language teachers in Gaza have not fully utilized the Internet because of barriers related to time factor, accessibility and facilities. It is suggested that for the proliferation of Internet practices, there needs to be an increase in funding for technology, an introduction of computer/technology education, provision of pedagogical training for teachers and, a provision of administrational support.


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