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Technology Acceptance and Usage Behaviour of Content and Language Integrated Learning Teachers

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Content and language integrated learning (CLIL) is an umbrella term for methods that merge content and language objectives. Though teaching content through a second/foreign language is not a new concept in our context, interest in adopting CLIL methodology has gained momentum over the last two decades. Despite the significant expansion and reported positive learning outcomes, its successful application poses some challenges for teachers. One major challenge is the short supply of teaching/learning materials that foster active involvement of the learner (Banegas, 2012). Teachers turn to information and communication technologies (ICT) to create authentic materials and find ways to scaffold learners in effectively acquiring language and content knowledge. However, many EFL teachers practicing CLIL are not sure about the way they perform in CLIL classes and have a feeling of uncertainty with regard to what they have to do, how to adopt and integrate ICT in their classrooms. Using the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) of Davies (1989) as a framework, we aimed to investigate the gap between teachers’ intention to use technology and their actual use of technology, and to identify the challenges they face while integrating technology into CLIL classrooms. This is an ongoing study and data is collected using a 27-item Likert type questionnaire by Liu, Wang, and Koehler (2019). The instrument was adapted to an online survey platform and distributed via email to in-service EFL teachers applying CLIL. So far, 58 teachers from private (n=36) and state (n=22) schools have responded to the questionnaire. Our preliminary results show that participants have positive beliefs about the usefulness (M=4.46) and have a high level of intention to use ICT in CLIL classrooms (M=4.57). However, their perceptions about the ease of use of technology in CLIL classrooms is comparatively low (M=3.18). The statistical analysis of the qualitative data indicates a statistically significant relationship between the teachers’ intention to use technology and their teacher-centered technology, and student-centered technology use. Time spent for authentic material search, technical problems resulting from Internet connection speed are among the challenges experienced by teachers practicing in state schools, student motivation, time needed to check online homework, and time management are among challenges mentioned by teachers practicing in private schools. These findings suggest that the technology acceptance model predicts not only teacher-centered but also student-centered technology use in our specific context. Still, teachers practicing in state schools need further training and guidance on material development.
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Technology acceptance and usage behaviour of content and
language integrated learning teachers in Turkey
Özge Koç a,1,*, Gülru Yüksel b,2, Emin Altunc,3
a Velibaba Anatolian High School, Sapanbağları Mahallesi, Yenipazar Caddesi, No:31 Daire:3 Pendik-İstanbul, 34893, Turkey
b Faculty of Education, Yıldız Teknik Universitesi, Davutpasa Kampusu, Egitim Fakultesi, İngilizce Ogretmenligi Bolumu, Esenler-Istanbul, 34180, Turkey
c Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Ramo della Palada, 392/A Giudecca, Venice, 30133, ITALY
1 ozgekoc824@gmail.com*; 2 gulruyuksel2002@gmail.com; 3 alltunemin@gmail.com
* corresponding author
ARTI CL E I NF O
ABSTRACT
Article history
Received 18 June 2021
Revised 3 August 2021
Accepted 20 August 2021
Content and language integrated learning (CLIL) is an approach that
combines content and language objectives. Despite substantial expansion
over the past two decades, its successful adoption raises several
challenges for teachers. Teachers turn to information and communication
technologies (ICT) to solve their problems. This study aims to investigate
technology acceptance and use of English language teachers adopting the
CLIL approach in Turkey, and to identify the difficulties they encounter
while integrating technology into practice. The study is explanatory in
research design and employs the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM)
developed by Davis (1989) as a framework. A 27-item Likert-type
questionnaire was used to gather data from 61 teachers practicing in
private and public schools. The results showed a statistically significant
difference in technology integration intention and use behaviors of
teachers. The qualitative data suggested that among the difficulties faced
by CLIL teachers were facilitating environments, managerial assistance,
and teacher technology awareness.
This is an open access article under the CCBY-SA license.
Keywords
Content and Language Integrated
Learning (CLIL)
Information and Communication
Technologies (ICT)
Technology Acceptance Model (TAM)
How to Cite: Koç, Ö., Yüksel, G., & Altun, E. (2021). Technology acceptance and usage behaviour of content
and language integrated learning teachers in Turkey. English Language Teaching Educational Journal, 4(2),
113-124
1. Introduction
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an approach that combines content and
language objectives. It is defined as “a type of instruction where non-language subject (content) is
mediated to the learnera through a foreign language as a means of communication” (Coyle et al. 2010,
p. 31). Though teaching content through a second/foreign language is not a new concept, interest in
adopting CLIL methodology has gained momentum in European countries over the last two decades
(Eurydice, 2012). Since its emergence, CLIL has fundamentally changed language teaching and
learning and has become an inherent element of education at all levels in different countries across
Europe (Eurydice, 2012).
CLIL was first introduced in Turkey in the 1950s in the Maarif Schools, later renamed Anatolian
High Schools (Çetintaş & Genç, 2001). The main aim of establishing such schools was to keep up
with rapid economic and technical developments by increasing the number of young people who were
fluent in world languages and could benefit from scientific studies. (TBMM Tutanak Dergisi, 1955 as
cited in Çetintaş & Genç, 2001). The medium of instruction in these schools was a foreign language,
particularly English. By the late 1990s, some private schools have begun to introduce CLIL at the
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primary and secondary levels. An increase in the number of schools implementing CLIL has been
noted, especially over the last two decades. It has recently been implemented in several Social Science
High Schools, as well as private elementary and secondary schools in a number of cities (Tanış &
Dikilitaş, 2019).
A review of the literature reveals that despite the attention it receives and the attempts undertaken
to incorporate this approach into classroom practices, the implementation is not without difficulties.
Various difficulties have been identified in the studies conducted in different context. Most CLIL
teachers turn to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to overcome the difficulties they
encounter. However, ICT integration and its potential impact on teaching and learning in CLIL
classrooms need to be explored from a variety of angles. The Technology Acceptance Model (Davis,
1989) posits that actual usage of technology is motivated by an individual’s attitude. In other words,
the degree of acceptance of technology predicts the individual’s actual use (Ajibade, 2018). Since
teachers are one of the major actors in any effective integration of technology into education (Teo,
2011), investigating their technology use intention and behavior is crucial. However, previous studies
in the field have mostly concentrated on how technology and web 2.0 tools can be used to deliver
content and facilitate language skills in CLIL classrooms, and the impact of technology usage on
students’ motivation and engagement in the learning process (e.g., O’Dowd, 2018; Mede & Çınar,
2019; Zhao & Lei, 2019). Research exploring teachers’ technology acceptance and their actual
technology use behaviour in CLIL settings is scarce in number. The purpose of this study is to
contribute to the literature by investigating the technology acceptance and use of Turkish EFL teachers
who implement CLIL approach in their classrooms.
1.1. ICT Use in CLIL Classrooms
Various studies investigating CLIL practices in different educational settings revealed that during
implementation, teachers experience a variety of challenges. Some of the problems identified in the
studies conducted in the European context include insufficient teacher training programs and
institutional support for professional growth (Banegas, 2012; Denman, Tanner & de Graaff, 2013);
low language proficiency levels of students that lead to comprehension problems and unsatisfactory
development of students’ productive skills (Pladevall-Ballester, 2015); teachers’ inadequate expertise
in non-linguistic subject-areas (Smajla, 2021); classroom management issues experienced during
instruction; the amount of time required for lesson planning and class preparation (Pladevall-Ballester,
2015); and insufficient teaching materials (Roiha, 2014). In a recent cross-cultural study, exploring
the perceptions of managers and teachers about CLIL in Spain, Italy, and Turkey, Korbek (2019)
found that support for teacher training, material design and use, and collaboration among teachers
within their full schedule are the challenges prevalent in all three contexts.
Similar difficulties have been reported in the Turkish context. Teachers’ and students’ perceptions
of science teaching and learning were investigated by Erdem and Morgil (1992), who found that low
language proficiency and incomplete content knowledge of students, insufficient teaching resources,
and inadequate expertise in teaching language subject-areas are the major difficulties expressed by the
teachers. In another study examining the opinions of teachers and students on education in a foreign
language at Anatolian High Schools, Mirici et al. (2000) reported that the majority of teachers have
unfavorable perceptions and they consider students’ difficulty in understanding the content as a
fundamental problem. However, in a recent study Tanış and Dikilitaş (2019) reported that teachers
practicing in a private school hold positive perceptions about CLIL instruction. Despite positive
perceptions, they also expressed various problems, including learners’ low levels of English
proficiency, inadequate training support, and lack of sufficient instructional materials.
1.2. Technology Acceptance Model (TAM)
Today, CLIL teachers utilize information and communication technologies (ICT) to tackle the
challenges they confront. Previous research on the effect of technology integration in education has
suggested that it promotes innovative instructional methods while also improves the quality of
education (McKnight et al., 2016). Effective technology integration is a complicated process that
necessitates careful consideration of a variety of factors, such as curriculum alignment, students needs
and abilities, and teachers’ beliefs (OECD, 2015; Siddiq, Scherer & Tondeur, 2016). Among these
factors, teachers’ beliefs play a significant role (Borg, 2015), because teachers shape their classroom
practices per their subjective judgments about the teaching situation (Tondeur, et al., 2017). Findings
from past research indicated that the acceptance and use of technology is troublesome for teachers
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(Berrett, Murphy & Sullivan, 2012). In this regard, researchers have proposed and adopted various
models as a framework for understanding the technology use, beliefs, and behaviors of the teachers.
The Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) developed by Davis (1989) is one of the widely used
models. The model conceptualizes that individual’s actual use is determined by four variables of
behavioral intentions and external variables (Scherer et al., 2019). Figure 1 illustrates the model as
developed by Davis (1989).
Figure 1: Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) (based on, Davis, 1989)
As Figure 1 illustrates, perceived usefulness (PU) and perceived ease of use (PEU) are the key
variables that directly or indirectly explain the outcome (Marangunić & Granić, 2015). According to
Davis (1989), perceived usefulness is “the degree to which an individual believes that using a
particular system would enhance his or her job performance,” while perceived ease of use is “the
degree to which a person believes that using a particular system would be free of effort” (p. 320).
Previous studies into the relationship between these variables found that an individual's perception of
ease of use directly impacts his or her perception of usefulness (Hew et al., 2019), which in turn greatly
influences his or her attitudes toward use (Teo, Huang & Hoi, 2018). Attitude toward use further
influences an individual’s behavioral intention to use technology (Teo, Huang & Hoi, 2018).
The relation between intention and actual use behavior is a crucial aspect of technology-use
behavior (Wu & Du, 2012). Findings from past studies suggested that teachers use technology either
for teacher-centered or for student-centered reasons (Muganga & Ssenkusu, 2019). While the former
use aims to deliver language-related information and consolidate skills in isolation (e.g., vocabulary,
grammar, listening), the latter use aims to improve students’ higher-order thinking skills (Jeffrey &
Clark, 2019). In this vein, a recent study by Liu, Wang and Koehler (2019) adopted the TAM model
to explore the strength and underlying mechanisms of the intention-use link with 198 foreign language
teachers in China. The findings revealed a discrepancy in intention-behavior due to Chinese foreign
language teachers’ use of student-centered technology. In the same study, Liu et al. (2019) also
investigated the factors influencing the Chinese EFL teachers’ technology use and found that
conditions facilitating technology use (i.e., hardware and software resources in hand) and teachers’
technological knowledge are the most significant factors influencing teachers’ technology use.
Teachers’ technological knowledge and facilitating conditions are found as the main predictors of
teachers' intentions to adopt Web 2.0 technologies (Mei et al., 2017). These are also reported to be the
variables affecting teachers' views and attitudes (Teo, Huang & Hoi, 2018).
Furthermore, some researchers tested the impact of several demographic variables on teachers’
technology acceptance, including gender, age, and years of teaching experience. However, the results
remained inconclusive. For example, in an earlier study with 248 Iranian EFL teachers, Rahimi and
Yadollahi (2011) found that ICT usage negatively correlates with teachers’ age and years of
experience. In another study, Mahdi and Al-Dera (2013) investigated the effect of gender, age, years
of teaching on EFL teachers’ technology integration with 46 in-service EFL teachers in Saudi Arabia.
The findings revealed that while age and experience do not have a significant effect, gender
significantly influences technology integration. In the study, males are found to use ICT more
frequently than females.
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The literature reviewed clearly indicates that research into technology integration in CLIL
classrooms is still in its infancy. To the best of the researchers’ knowledge, there is not any study
investigating EFL teachers’ intention and actual use of technology for teacher-centered or student-
centered purposes during CLIL practices in Turkey. This study was motivated by these research
questions:
1. Is there an intention-behavior discrepancy in teacher-centered and student-centered technology use
among CLIL teachers in Turkey?
2. Does CLIL teachers' intention to use information technologies vary according to different
independent variables (gender, teaching experience, training, school type and level)?
3. What are the challenges that CLIL teachers experience in technology integration?
2. Method
The study is explanatory in research design which attempted to investigate the technology use
beliefs and behaviors of CLIL teachers. To answer the first two research questions quantitative data
were collected via an online questionnaire. For the third research question qualitative data were
collected through an open-ended question.
2.1 Context
This study was carried out with CLIL teachers practicing in both private and state schools. In
Turkey, education is governed by a central system, with the Ministry of National Education (MoNE)
regulating all schools (both state and private). The MoNE is in charge of determining and
implementing all policies in primary and secondary education. The ministry is the only decision-
making authority in curriculum development, textbook approval and the assessment procedures.
Although schools have little autonomy in determining curriculum and assessment policies, the
regulations give teachers a lot of leeway in defining the content and delineating the teaching and
learning practices.
The MoNE likewise monitors the quality of education and teacher qualifications. All prospective
English language teachers must be competent in planning lessons, arranging interactive learning
environments appropriate for English language learners, and utilizing materials, technological
resources/tools, methods, and strategies suitable for the English teaching process. They should also be
able to monitor and assess students' language learning process and provide adequate guidance, as well
as keep up with professional advances in the area (Republic of Turkey Ministry of Education, 2016).
2.2 Participants
Snowball sampling method was used in the study. Potential participants were contacted via
personal e-mails and requested to share the link of an online survey with colleagues who adopt CLIL
in their classrooms. A total of 61 CLIL teachers volunteered to participate in the study (35 Female, 26
Male). At the time of data collection, 36 out of the 61 teachers were practicing in private schools,
while 25 were practicing in state schools. The majority of the participants (75%) had more than five
years of experience in teaching English. The participants’ teaching experience range was 0~5 years
(25%), 6~10 years (37.5%), 11~15 years (23.2%), 16~20 years (10.7%) and over 21 years (3.6%).
Both state and private school teachers had almost comparable experience in adopting CLIL approach
(M=3.5 and M=3.6, respectively). Table 1 presents detailed information on the study cohort.
Table 1. Study Cohort
School Type
N
Mean Y. of CLIL
Experience
Participants with ICT
Training (N)
State
9 (6F / 3M)
2.8
4
16 (8F /8M)
3.7
5
Private
21 (17F / 4M)
2.7
17
15 (4F / 11M)
4.6
11
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2.3 Data Collection Tool
Data were collected by using an adapted version of a questionnaire developed by Liu et al. (2019).
The questionnaire had three sections consisting of 28 items. The first section (6 items) sought to elicit
participantsdemographic information including gender, range of teaching experience, school type
and level, years of experience in practicing CLIL, and training received to integrate technology into
the classroom. The second section included nine items that asked the respondents to express their
perceptions on the following three factors in TAM: Perceived Usefulness (PU) (3 items), Perceived
Ease of Use (PEU) (3 items), and Technology-use Intention (INT) (3 items). The last section consisted
of nine items that asked the participants to rate their Teacher-centered Technology Use (TTU) (4
items) and Student-centered Technology Use (STU) (5 items) on a 5-point scale. The items in the
second and third sections were modified to fit the objectives of the study by adding “CLIL” to the
statements where applicable. Furthermore, an open-ended question was added to gather information
about the challenges that CLIL teachers experienced while integrating technology into their
classrooms.
Cronbach’s alpha reliability for these five constructs was reported to range from 0.73 to 0.85 (Liu
et al., 2010). In the current study, the reliability of the questionnaire was checked using Cronbach’s
coefficient α and was found to be 0.80 for the whole scale.
2.4 Data Collection Procedure
The questionnaire was turned into an online survey and distributed as email links. The participants
completed the questionnaire anonymously. In the initial part of the online survey the participants were
informed about the aim of the study and requested to waive informed consent by clicking on a button.
2.5 Data Analysis
The following statistical procedures were used for data analysis: For normality analysis of
continuous variables, descriptive statistics and histograms were used. Both visual and statistical
inspection as assessed by P-P plots and Kolmogorov-Smirnov (K-S) tests indicated a non-normal
distribution. Therefore, the researchers utilized Friedman’s two-way ANOVA test to detect
differences. Mann-Whitney U and Kruskal Wallis H tests were used for group comparisons. The level
of significance was taken as .05 in all statistical procedures.
The responses given to the open-ended questions were analyzed using open-coding analysis
(Bogdan & Biklen, 2012; Strauss & Corbin, 2015). During the analysis, the researchers independently
read the responses, marked and coded each meaningful unit. Following the initial coding, codes were
grouped into categories and themes. Later, the researchers cross-checked the codes, and discrepancies
in coding and/or categorizations were resolved upon discussion. The reliability of the analysis was
achieved by this cross-checking process (Cohen, Manion, & Morrison, 2017). The inter-rater
reliability was found to be 90%.
3. Findings and Discussion
3.1 Quantitative Findings
The first research question investigated whether there was an intention-behavior discrepancy in
teacher-centered and student-centered technology use among CLIL teachers. When descriptive
statistics were examined, CLIL teachers had positive perceptions about the usefulness of technology
and intention to use (M=4.45, and M=4.55, respectively). However, their perception about the ease of
use of technology in CLIL classrooms was comparatively lower (M=3.10). A high level of actual use
was also demonstrated by the mean values of teacher-centered and student-centered technology
domains (M=4.17 and M=4.47, respectively). The high mean value of the actual use suggested that
Turkish CLIL teachers actively utilized technology not only to support student learning, but also for
teacher-centered purposes. However, Friedman's Two-Way ANOVA indicated a statistically
significant difference in intention-behavior in technology integration 2(4) =86.741, p=0.000). Dunn-
Bonferroni post hoc tests revealed a statistically significant difference between the technology use
intention and student-centered technology use (Z=-4.865, p=0.007). There was no significant
difference between technology use intention and teacher-centered technology use (p=0.007). This
finding suggests that there was a gap between CLIL teachers’ intention and technology use behavior.
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This finding echoes the recent study by Liu et al. (2019). Similar to the finding, Liu et al. (2019) found
an intention-behavior gap for Chinese foreign language teachers in the use of student-centered
technology.
A series of non-parametric tests were run to examine whether CLIL teachers' intention to use
information technologies differed according to independent variables under investigation: gender,
teaching experience, training, school type, and level. Mann-Whitney U tests revealed statistically
significant gender difference in perceived ease of use (U=273.5, Z=-2.669, p=0.008) and teacher-
centered technology use (U=293.5, Z=-2.422, p=0.015) in favor of females. In other words, female
CLIL teachers’ levels of perceived ease of use and actual use of technology for teacher-centered
purposes were higher than that of male teachers. No significant differences were detected with respect
to other variables (p ≥ 0.05). Other studies have also shown significant gender differences; however,
cultural variation should be noted here. Males were found to use ICT more frequently than females in
the study by Mahdi and Al-Dera (2013), yet females’ actual use was higher in this study.
3.2 Qualitative Findings
Regarding the challenges that CLIL teachers experienced while integrating technology into their
classrooms, the responses given to the open-ended question were analyzed. The analysis yielded four
main challenge categories: facilitating condition, teachers’ knowledge, students’ ability, and
managerial and policy issues. The categories and themes emerged from the participants’ responses, as
well as frequencies and percentages by school type are given in Table 2.
Table 2. Challenges Experienced by CLIL Teachers
Category
Theme
Total
Private
State
n
%
n
%
n
%
Facilitating
condition
Material shortage
17
27.4
9
14.8
8
14.0
Hardware shortage
9
14.5
4
6.6
5
8.8
Software shortage
3
4.8
1
1.6
2
3.5
Time limitation
25
40.3
19
31.1
6
10.5
Training
8
12.9
2
3.3
6
10.5
Sub-total
62
52.5
35
57.4
27
47.4
Teacher knowledge
TK*
7
30.4
3
4.9
4
7.0
TCK
5
21.7
1
1.6
4
7.0
TPK
11
47.8
10
16.4
1
1.8
Sub-total
23
19.5
14
23.0
9
15.8
Student abilities
Device use
1
12.5
1
1.6
0
0.0
Search skills
5
62.5
4
6.6
1
1.8
Background knowledge
2
25
0
0.0
2
3.5
Sub-total
8
6.8
5
8.2
3
5.3
Managerial/ Policy
issues
School policy
11
44
7
11.5
4
7.0
Curricular restrictions
7
28
0
0.0
7
12.3
Peer support & feedback
7
28
0
0.0
7
12.3
Sub-total
25
23.7
7
11.5
18
31.6
GRAND TOTAL**
118
61
57
*TK: Technological Knowledge; TCK: Technological Content Knowledge; TPK: Technological Pedagogical
Knowledge
** Grand Total represents all responses given by the teachers. The responses are not ranked.
In the facilitating condition category, five main themes emerged from the responses, namely
material, hardware and software shortage, time limitation, and training. Despite the fact that this was
the most frequently reported challenge category by the participants (52.5%), there were worth noting
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differences in the distribution of themes by school type. Time limitation (31.1%) and material shortage
(14%) were reported as basic problems experienced by private school teachers. For example, a private
school teacher stated that “There are not enough materials to present the content. As teachers, we need
to find the materials, edit the videos to align our students’ level, and to design activities using
technology. So, it takes a lot of time, and we do not have enough time”. Similar to private school
teachers, state school teachers expressed material shortage (14%) and time limitation (10.5%) as basic
difficulties they confronted. A teacher acknowledged the scarcity of materials and their lack of time
by saying, “We do not have enough materials. It is hard to find, adopt and develop materials related
to the content. This takes a lot of time and effort”.
CLIL teachers practicing at state schools mentioned hardware and software shortages more
frequently than private school teachers. One of the state school teachers mentioned using his own
equipment to overcome the shortage and explained that hardware shortage was a major problem, and
added, “Our school does not have any technological infrastructure, including smart boards, computers,
and projectors. So, we use our personal tools and equipment in the classroom”. This indicated that
state schools needed urgent support. Although private schools invested money in hardware and
software, teachers could still experience difficulties. A private school teacher expressed that
“Sometimes there are some obstacles in my classroom related to the smart board. It’s not working
properly. Consistent with the findings, Pladevall-Ballester (2015) and Roiha (2014) previously
reported that insufficiency of materials and inadequate time for course design as problems encountered
by CLIL teachers.
Technology integration into foreign language classrooms is a demanding task, and teachers need
support and training. The findings revealed that a need for training was more pronounced in state
schools (10.5%) than in private schools (3.3%). A state school teacher explained this need by saying,
“I do not receive any training about how to use technology in language classrooms effectively except
for seminars I attended voluntarily. I need more detailed and structured training”. Unlike state schools,
private schools supported professional development either via in-house training events or by allowing
teachers to attend various teacher training seminars. Still, a few private school teachers mentioned that
they did not receive any training. For example, an experienced teacher remarked, “I do not receive
any training to integrate technology, so day-by-day, I am learning to use it in the classroom and it
takes time […]”.
Knowledge was the second category of challenges for private school teachers (23%), but it was
the third category for state school teachers (15.8%). In this category, the most frequently observed
challenge experienced by private school teachers was the technological pedagogical knowledge
(16.4%). A comment by a novice private school teacher said, “They [the students] sometimes can be
distracted while they are watching long videos” clearly suggests that teachers lacked knowledge in
possible limitations of the technologies they use and that they needed guidance and training in
pedagogical design strategies. The responses of the state school teachers, on the other hand, indicated
that they experienced problems due to insufficient technological knowledge (7%) and technological
content knowledge (7%). These issues were explicitly mentioned in the following statements by two
qualified teachers:
Learning technology takes time for teachers. Students know how to use smart
boards better than me.
“I am still trying to learn by myself, that’s why it is so hard […] I do not know
websites that provide resources for CLIL.
The emergence of knowledge as the second most commonly cited challenge was consistent with
the low mean score calculated for perceptions of ease of technology use. This challenge might also
explain the significant difference found between technology use intention and student-centered
technology use. The findings that teachers needed training in technology integration, and that
institutional support for professional growth was lacking comply with previous studies by Banegas
(2012), Denman, Tanner and de Graaff (2013) and Korbek (2019). Teachers’ technological
knowledge and facilitating conditions have been identified as variables affecting teachers’ opinions
per technology use (Mei et al., 2017; Teo, Huang & Hoi, 2018).
Student related difficulties (i.e., students’ ability to use technological devices and background
knowledge - both linguistic and content) were the least frequently mentioned challenges experienced
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by both groups of teachers (6.8%). While private school teachers expressed students’ ineffective
internet search skills as a problem (6.6%), state school teachers were mostly concerned about their
students’ language level and background of content knowledge (3.5%). One private school teacher
explained the difficulty by saying, “Students have difficulty in using technology and doing research.
School does not allow students to use technology at school, so we cannot be a model for them and
foster how to use technology”. On the contrary, a state school teacher raised her concerns by saying,
“[…] students’ language level for some of the contents is a problem, they do
not have enough background knowledge [..]”.
Catalonian teachers in Pladevall-Ballester’s (2015) study mentioned comparable student related
difficulties shared by private and state school teachers who participated in the study.
CLIL teachers spoke of the managerial and policy issues as notable challenges they encountered.
While school policies restricting the use of technological tools appeared to be a problem shared by
both groups of teachers, teachers practicing in state schools raised two other issues. The issues most
commonly expressed by the state school teachers were the curricular limitations (12.3%), and lack of
peer support and feedback (12.3%). One state school teacher said:
“[…] lesson hours are not enough, the curriculum has deficiencies in terms of
CLIL implementation”
and another teacher complaint about missing support and collaboration among colleagues by saying:
“[…] other teachers have negative attitudes towards my endeavors; I could not
get feedback from my peers”.
These expressions indicated that state school teachers felt a need to share their classroom
experiences with their colleagues. Unlike private school teachers, teachers in state schools had more
flexibility in choosing the method they would adopt. Thus, there was no standard teaching method
practiced by all teachers from the same school. Unlike state schools, the case was quite the opposite
in private schools. They were required to work collaboratively and followed precisely the same
procedures. This was highlighted by one of the teachers:
“School policy is a major problem. The administration does not allow us to go
online for some websites; I would like to trigger students’ creativity with
technology but we are not free to choose and use our own activities”.
Indeed, similar to the study, Korbek (2019) observed a lack of collaboration among teachers in Italian,
Spanish and Turkish contexts. The differences the researchers observed between private and state
school teachers with respect to problems encountered suggested that school setting may have impact
on teachers’ technology usage in CLIL classes. The implementation of CLIL approach requires
teamwork rather than individual efforts. It may be concluded that from both the quantitative and
qualitative data, they showed that the gap between intention to use and actual use resulted from a
combination of these challenges.
4. Conclusion
Three main conclusions can be drawn from the results presented above. To begin with, the findings
showed that actual use behaviors can be taken as factors influencing the technology integration
intentions of the CLIL teachers. Teacher-centered purposes, as quantitative findings suggested, play
a crucial role. Instead of student-centered purposes or student’s active participation most teachers use
technology to improve their work performance in the classroom, to enhance their effectiveness, and
to accomplish the teaching-learning processes easily and quickly. Furthermore, negative externalities
could have an effect on teachers’ actual use of technology in the classroom. The quantitative results
of the study, corroborating the findings of Liu et al. (2019), showed that there is a discrepancy between
Turkish CLIL teachers’ technology integration intention and their actual use.
Gender wise disparities in the use of technology in the classroom is another point worth to mention.
Whereas many male teachers enabled their students to engage with technology in order to complete
language learning tasks, female teachers used technology for more teacher-centered activities. CLIL
teachers’ responses suggested that this tendency is closely linked to institutional context, lack of
knowledge and experience in student-centered teaching, and assessment pressure. Apart from these
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factors, previous experiences of teachers might also be influencing their classroom practices. As
Hubbard (2018) mentioned “currently practicing teachers do not experience the integration of
technology as students in their language classes as students” (p. 1). Teachers must gain both
knowledge and skills about how to incorporate new technologies in a student-centered manner.
Finally, facilitating conditions seem to be the most prevalent problem among the challenges that
CLIL teachers experience when implementing the approach. Due to time constraints and material
shortages, both private and state school teachers presented the content without providing practice and
consolidation opportunities for the retention of the content. While teachers in public schools were
adversely affected by the shortage of technological resources, private school teachers still encountered
difficulties in utilizing the resources despite having the necessary equipment. This limited teachers’
ability to present the subject in depth and design activities that would appeal to students' cognitive and
affective domains. When state and private school teachers were compared with respect to their needs
in selecting and using technological resources, teachers in private schools seemed to be more
competent. Most state school teachers needed support and in-service training. Teachers expressed that
finding educational websites and applications that provide content knowledge was a real challenge,
and that they also needed guidance in how to adapt the resources they found.
One major implication of our findings is that there is a discrepancy between CLIL teachers’
technology use intentions and their actual use. They mainly utilize technology for teacher-centered
purposes. This clearly shows that CLIL teachers not only need in-service training in technological
knowledge, but also in technological pedagogical and technological content knowledge. Teacher
competencies in these areas can be strengthened through webinars as well as workshops that can give
teachers hands-on experience. Furthermore, school management strategies that discourage teachers
from exploring innovative technologies, approaches and techniques should be reconsidered.
Given the exploratory nature of the study and the relatively small sample size, the findings cannot
be generalized across other contexts. Further work on CLIL teachers’ actual technology use and
classroom practices is needed. In the current study data were collected using a questionnaire, though.
Future studies may include observational data to have a more comprehensive picture of how teachers
utilize technology in student-centered practices during instruction.
Declarations
Author contribution: The first author initiated the research ideas, was in charge of resources,
investigation, data collection and writing and editing; the second author was
in charge of conceptualization, supervision, data analysis and presentation,
and editing; the third author was in charge of investigation, data collection,
reviewing.
Funding statement: The research did not receive any funding.
Conflict of interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Additional information: No additional information is available for this paper.
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