Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Professional Learning Community (PLC): Technology Integration at a Title I Elementary School
by Cheng, Pamela L., Ed.D., San Jose State University, 2017, 224; 10599687
Abstract (Summary)

Calls for educational technology integration over more than thirty years have taken on new urgency in an era of computerized assessments for accountability. As Internet Communication Technology (ICT) becomes more widely available, the digital divide is evolving into a digital use divide, characterized by differences between students’ productive uses of technology to create and communicate compared with passive uses for entertainment or skills practice. A growing body of research points to the important interplay among teachers’ frames of reference, school-level context, and alignment of supports in creating conditions for technology innovation. Meanwhile Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) hold potential as leverage points for affecting teacher beliefs and practices regarding technology use. This study analyzes interactions among a group of teacher leaders participating in a tech PLC at a school on the verge of becoming a technology-focused school. Analysis of the group’s natural discourse points to important elements of teacher talk and shared resources that contribute to aligning the group’s goals and practices when innovating with technology. It also illustrates how alignment between meso-level and micro-level context factors help to facilitate teachers’ ability to innovate in ways that have the potential to address the digital use divide.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Danzig, Arnold, Pizarro, Marcos
Commitee: Gallagher, Michael, Lovell, Jonathan
School: San Jose State University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational technology
Keywords: Digital use divide, One to one, Professional learning community, Teacher leadership, Technology integration, Title 1
Publication Number: 10599687
ISBN: 9780355069976