Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceptions of Missouri Public School Early Childhood Teachers and Administrators in Regard to Technology and Current Practices
by Wilbur, Lara Jean, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2017, 139; 10283659
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to identify the perceptions of Missouri public school early childhood teachers and administrators in regard to technology and current practices. If educators have not analyzed their current perceptions regarding technology, they may not use developmentally appropriate technology practices with students (Dietze & Kashin, 2013). According to Anderkin (2015), the position statement from the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning offers guidance for developmentally appropriate technology practices in early childhood. Participants in this study were asked interview questions to determine their perceptions of technology in early childhood classrooms. The interview questions were also utilized to identify what teaching strategies were currently being used when implementing technology and the perceptions of early childhood educators in terms of professional development regarding technology in early childhood. High-quality professional development opportunities for early childhood educators play a role in developmentally appropriate technology integration (White, 2015). The sample group for the study included nine Missouri Preschool Program (MPP) teachers affiliated with public schools in southwest Missouri and nine administrators affiliated with public schools in southwest Missouri with a minimum of one MPP classroom. Results from this study indicated most early childhood educators are in favor of technology in the classroom in moderation. Both teachers and administrators reported a lack of professional development opportunities specific to implementation of technology in early childhood.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fransen, Shelly
Commitee: Brenner, Michelle, DeVore, Sherry
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Early childhood education, Educational technology
Keywords: Early childhood classrooms, Professional development, Technology
Publication Number: 10283659
ISBN: 978-1-369-77836-6
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