Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

And the Survey Says

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

And the Survey Says

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Many thanks for the numerous responses to our Technology Teacher Readership Survey. It is hugely informative to receive feedback from those who read the journal, and having this data enables us to determine what we're doing right, what we're doing wrong, and set the appropriate direction for TTT.

Having this type of direct communication from readers allows us to hear what's on your mind, and in the past two surveys one message is crystal clear. A large majority of readers want to see more practical, classroom-teacher-written articles.

We hear you. Our biggest current challenge is persuading a sufficient number of classroom teachers to write and then submit articles. The bulk of the material included in each issue of The Technology Teacher is written by members of ITEA. If the classroom teacher members choose not to write and submit material, there are no articles of that type to publish. During the 2004-05 publishing year, 25 articles were submitted to TTT for peer-review. Of those 25, only two were written by classroom teachers.

We've attempted to address this issue in a variety of ways over the past few years. In an effort to encourage more classroom teacher authorship, working together with the excellent TTT Review Board, we've tried mentorship programs, informational sessions at conference, and even incentives. Despite a great deal of initial interest, none of these have borne much fruit.

According to the TTT survey, over 80% of readers want to see "practical, classroom-teacher-written" articles. Yet when asked "Have you considered authoring an article for The Technology Teacher?" the most frequent responses were "I have no time," or "I don't write well enough," or "I don't have anything to write about."

The Technology Teacher is YOUR journal. We all want the journal to reflect the membership, but it can't if members don't contribute. …

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