Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Middle School Educators' Best Practices for Integrating Technology in Education: A Descriptive Case Study
by Nicholson, Helain D., EDD/CI, University of Phoenix, 2018, 147; 10928856
Abstract (Summary)

Effectively integrating technology into the educational system is paramount to the continued success of the U.S. educational system. Not meeting the needs of students can be detrimental to the continued growth and competitiveness of the United States. Educational systems must reflect the rapid changes in society and the way students communicate, socialize, and think. K-12 educational leaders have an increasing interest in understanding how to equip students with 21st-century skills designed to enhance their ability and willingness to become productive and knowledgeable citizens. This qualitative descriptive case study examined the perceptions of a purposive sample of middle school educators to determine what skills and competencies influenced their use and promotion of technology in education. The following three research questions guided this study: How do rural Virginia middle school educators describe the use of technology in middle school education? What challenges do rural Virginia middle school educators face when attempting to integrate technology in education? How do rural Virginia middle school educators prepare for and view effective integration of technology in education? The theory of constructivism provided the conceptual framework for examining how the participants in this study used and promoted technology in their educational settings. Data were collected by conducting in-depth interviews of 10 rural Virginia middle school educators. The anecdotal responses of the participants provided insight into their perceptions and practices. Four major themes emerged in this study: motivations for using technology, obstacles, training, and technology perceptions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Whitfield-Varley, Melissa
Commitee: Lane, James F., Watts, Thomas E.
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Middle School education, Education, Educational technology
Keywords: 21st century learning, Constructivism, Descriptive case study, Educational technology, Performance and achievement, Student engagement, Technology integration
Publication Number: 10928856
ISBN: 9780438331358
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