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An Identification and Description of Elements of Technology in Secondary Schools and Their Impact on Professional Learning Communities
by Korynta, Gary J., Ed.D., Brandman University, 2015, 204; 3688820
Abstract (Summary)

Purpose. This mixed method study attempts to identify and describe the impact of technology integration on the five foundations of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) in California new technology high schools as perceived by members of PLC. In addition, it was the purpose of this study to describe specific uses of technology that supports collaboration and communication in PLC as perceived by members of PLC.

Methodology. Descriptive mixed-method research will identify and describe the key elements of technology used by secondary teachers perceived to be the most important for the success of Professional Learning Community survey respondents and interviews representing high schools from New Technology Schools. Data from review of literature, descriptive survey method, and personal interviews with teachers and administrators was used to identify and describe integration of technology in professional learning community.

Findings. The literature, survey data, and interview notes support the conclusion that identified and described key elements of technology currently being used by secondary teachers and administrators from different New Technology schools perceived to be the most important for the success of Professional Learning Communities in California.

Conclusions. Through the use of technology best practices, analyzing data, and planning for instructions virtually on a regular basis teachers are breaking away from the traditional model of isolation in schools. With more powerful computers, cheaper memory storage, and the exponential growth of the digital information, huge data bases the open data revolution is rapidly leading us into new territory.

Recommendations. Future studies need to identify and describe how future technologies that offer no boundaries on location of facilities or time constraints increase engagement in continuous dialogue process around related issues of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and classroom management in creating or enhance existing Professional Learning Communities collaboration.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Richter, Nicholas
Commitee: Larick, Keith, Wiseman, Perry
School: Brandman University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 76/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership
Keywords: Collaboration, Communication, Professional learning community, Technology
Publication Number: 3688820
ISBN: 978-1-321-67685-3
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