Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 8. July 2022                       Pp.121-135
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call8.8

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  Taking the Wave of Digitalization: Reflection on the Psychological Readiness of Teachers
in Using Information and Communication Technologies
 

  Benmansour Souheyla
Department of English language
Faculty of Letters, Languages, and Arts
Mohammed Ben Ahmed University of Oran 2, Algeria
Corresponding Author : benmansour.souhila@yahoo.com

Benmansour Nassima
Higher Normal School of Oran -Ammour Ahmed, Algeria

 

Received: 03/06/2022             Accepted: 06/08/2022             Published: 07/25/2022

 

Abstract:
Considering the brainwave of the psychological approach for the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), collaboration, expectation, and motivation have been identified as the aspects of readiness for integrating technology into the teaching strategies. Studies have investigated the integration of ICTs in the teaching/learning process; still there is a lack of research probing the significance of the psychological readiness of teachers on their perceptions about utilizing ICTs in the Algerian EFL context. The research, between hands, aspires to bridge the gaps, reveal the significant obstacles; and barriers encountered while exploring ICTs, and investigate the following query: What are the significant psychological obstacles that might prevent the effective implementation of ICTs? A mixed-method design was used in this research, employing a survey questionnaire and semi-structured interview to collect data from thirty- five EFL teachers at the University of Mohammed Ben Ahmed in Oran; Algeria. Participant teachers reveal a satisfactory willingness for using education technologies. Lack of training, insufficient ICT skills, technology anxiety, resistance to change, and no perception of benefits were the major psychological obstacles reported by the informants. To perk up the digital proficiencies of teachers, to train them to utilize ICTs, and to explore the potential of ICTs were highly recommended to rouse in teachers, the emotional readiness to implement Information Technologies.
Keywords: barriers, digitalization, Information and Communications Technology, teaching and learning in Algerian
context, psychological readiness  

Cite as:  Benmansour, S., & Benmansour, N. (2022). Taking the Wave of Digitalization: Reflection on the Psychological Readiness of Teachers in Using Information and Communication Technologies. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (8)121-135.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call8.8

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Received: 03/06/2022   
Accepted: 06/08/2022 
Published: 07/25/2022
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call8.8

Dr. Benmansour Souheyla is an MC ‘A’ lecturer at Mohammed Ben Ahmed University of Oran 2, Algeria. She holds a magister entitled: the effect of integrating Interactive Whiteboard upon students’ engagement in an EFL Context: the case of technology students at Tlemcen University in 2014. In 2019, she held a doctorate in science (English language studies) entitled: ‘Integrating ICT in Algerian EFL Context: Spotlight of Teachers’ Perceptions and Outlooks .In July 2021, she got the University accreditation from the University of Mohammed Ben Ahmed – Oran 2. ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7067-6995

Dr.Benmansour Nassima is a permanent teacher at Higher Normal School Ammour Ahmed -Oran, Algeria. In 2010, she held a master degree in psychology entitled: The Intermodal Transfer between Touch and Vision for Children between 3 and 5 Years Old at Tlemcen University.  In 2016, she held a doctorate in science entitled: the Effectiveness of Beck’s Therapy of Self-assessment Technique in Treating Moderate Depressive Symptoms in a Sample of students at Tlemcen University.