Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Digital edification: An analysis of technology readiness and concept of ability in the school district of Palm Beach County K-12 school leaders
by Atwell, David Christopher, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2015, 155; 10154931
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this research study was to determine K-12 school leaders’ concepts of ability and technology readiness. The Theories of Intelligence Scale (TIS) was used to analyze concepts of ability and the Technology Readiness Index (TRI) 2.0 was used to analyze the technology readiness of K-12 school leaders. Data from the two instruments were used to determine if there was any relationship between K-12 school leaders’ concept of ability and technology readiness. This analysis filled a blank spot in the research contributing to the literature on leadership, Mindset Theory (Dweck, 2006; Dweck, Chiu, & Hong, 1995), and Technology Readiness (Lin & Hsieh, 2012; Parasuraman, 2000). Furthermore it helped to determine the state of K-12 school leaders’ status as 21st century leaders.

The sample consisted of the school leaders of School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC). This included 158 principals from 104 elementary, 31 middle, and 23 high schools. The researcher was a school district employee and therefore had access to the participants.

Each of the four null hypotheses were rejected as SDPBC school leaders scored significantly higher on the TIS (p<.05) and TRI 2.0 (p<.01), there was a significant (p<.0125) positive relationship between TIS and the TRI 2.0, and that relationship was affected (p<.05) by gender, race, and experience.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wang, Victor
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 78/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational technology
Keywords: Concept of ability, Educational leadership, Mindset, Palm Beach County, School leaders, Technology readiness
Publication Number: 10154931
ISBN: 978-1-369-10016-7
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