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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Relationship of Faculty Demographics and Attitudes toward Technology Integration
by McKinley, Brian Michael, Ed.D., Walden University, 2014, 233; 3610201
Abstract (Summary)

Stakeholders in a midsized rural high school district were concerned that faculty failure to integrate educational technologies into instruction was adversely affecting student performance as measured by recent state mandated test scores. The purpose of this study was to determine if relationships existed between faculty age, gender, tenure, and overall attitude toward technology, and the implementation of technology into classroom instruction. Dewey's and Knowles' theories of adult learning were used as theoretical frameworks because they emphasize the practical application of knowledge in the transfer of learning. The research design was a one-time cross-sectional survey of teachers within the district. The data were collected using the Levels of Technology Implementation survey extended to include 5 additional questions about attitude towards technology developed using existing literature and consultation with experts. The convenience sample was comprised of 103 volunteer respondents at 3 midsized rural high schools. Analysis of the data utilized Pearson's correlation coefficients, independent samples t-tests, ANOVAs, and ANCOVAs. Findings indicated that technology implementation in classroom instruction for this group is generally deficient. No significant relationships between faculty age, gender, and tenure and technology implementation existed, but attitude toward technology proved to be a significant factor for increased technology implementation into classroom instruction. These findings led to the creation of a professional development program to increase the impact of technology on the transfer of learning. Increasing faculty expertise in implementing instructional technology into classroom instruction will lead to greater innovation in the classroom and improved student outcomes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Batiuk, Mary Ellen
Commitee: Edson, Wendy, Ionas, Ioan Gelu
School: Walden University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational technology
Keywords: Faculty attitudes, Faculty demographics, Gender, Technology, Technology integration, Tenure
Publication Number: 3610201
ISBN: 978-1-303-69829-3
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