Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Delphi Study: Technology Leadership Network's Perceptions of ISTE Essential Conditions for Technology Integration in Professional Learning Communities
by Ahmad, Amna Khurshid, Ed.D., Brandman University, 2015, 178; 3700228
Abstract (Summary)

Purpose: The purpose of this Delphi study was to identify the essential conditions (ISTE) required for technology integration in Professional Learning Communities for building effective teams, promoting collaboration, and endorsing shared decision making processes as perceived by members of the joint Technology Leadership Network of the Riverside County Office of Education and San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, California.

Methodology: A structured Delphi Study using mixed methods was conducted to find the expert panel's opinions, the members of the Technology Leadership Network in Riverside County Office of Education. Round 1 and Round 3 comprised scaled questions, producing quantitative data. Round 2 consisted of open ended questions, producing qualitative data.

Findings: Delphi expert panelists ranked shared vision, ongoing professional learning, empowered leaders, and student-centered learning as the top four ISTE essential conditions required for technology integration in PLCs. The Delphi expert panelists also identified the preconditions necessary for technology integration.

Conclusions: Based on the findings, a transformational plan and a change model were designed to effectively implement technology integration in Professional Learning Communities. The purpose of the plan and model was to provide step-by-step instructions for a transformational change plan for technology integration in Professional Learning Communities.

Recommendations: To prepare educators for 21st century PLCs, it is crucial to have technology integrated in professional developments. Technology integration is indispensable for PLCs to build effective teams and to have collaboration and effective decision making; however, it is not possible unless PLCs have a deliberate shared vision, embedded ongoing professional learning, empowered leaders at all levels, and data driven student centered learning. The prerequisites, if addressed properly, can provide the strong foundation required for technology integration in PLCs. Yet, the change needs to come within one's self, and educators as lifelong learners are the right people to integrate this change.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Platter, LaFaye
Commitee: Greenberg, Jonathan, Kedziora, Martinrex
School: Brandman University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Teacher education, Educational technology
Keywords: Collaboration, Decision making, Effective teams, Iste essential conditions, Professional learning communities, Technology integration
Publication Number: 3700228
ISBN: 978-1-321-70097-8
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