The problem addressed in this study was the issue of technology integration in the classroom by alternate route teachers. The goal was to find a possible correlation between teacher personality and their ability to integrate technology. In this quantitative study, 174 completers from the New Pathways to Teaching New Jersey (NPTNJ) alternate route training program were surveyed to obtain information leading to the possible correlation between personality traits and technology integration skills. Of the surveys distributed, 141 had adequate qualifications, so only these were used. The key findings were that extraversion was positively correlated to technology integration skills and neuroticism was negatively correlated to technology integration skills. The results showed statistically significant positive correlations between completers who had a high score on the extravert personality trait and their proficiency in technology integration skills. Additionally, there was a statistically significant negative correlation between neuroticism and technology integration skills. The study showed there was no identifiable correlation between the personality traits of openness, conscientiousness, and agreeableness and technology integration ability. The implications of this study can be used to identify candidates who are likely to be successful at integrating technology into the classroom. Training modules and professional development can be developed to train teachers in the habits and characteristics associated with the extraversion personality trait and how to avoid the behaviors associated with neuroticism to increase the likelihood of technology integration in the classroom. Further research should be focused on other factors that may influence technology integration and alternate route teachers who completed the NPTNJ training program.
|Commitee:||Carnahan, Christopher D., Levin, Fran, Zieger, Laura|
|School:||New Jersey City University|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Teacher education, Personality psychology, Educational technology|
|Keywords:||Alternate route, Information technology, New Jersey, Personality traits, Teachers, Technology integration|
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