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Attempting to improve teaching and learning through technology: An examination of a professional development initiative in a rural junior high school
by Pass, Rick, Ed.D., Lewis and Clark College, 2008, 172; 3315889
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of a professional development program integrated technology into the classroom with a group of middle school teachers and their students. The researcher presumes if, in fact, significant changes occur in teacher use and attitude toward technology, similar changes regarding the use of and attitudes toward technology will be observed with their students along with improved academic achievement.

The conceptual framework gave rise to this study included the relationship between student academic achievement and the use of technology in the classroom, why classroom teachers lack skill in the effective use of technology with instruction, and the characteristics of effective professional development. What the researcher found was, when professional development for technology is instituted, it should be provided to teachers simultaneously with professional development on curriculum design, differentiated instruction, and assessment. Additionally, the researcher strongly believes all professional development should be built upon a foundation of teacher collaboration.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sagor, Richard
Commitee: Howser, Mike, Ruhl, Thomas
School: Lewis and Clark College
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: DAI-A 69/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Teacher education, Educational technology, Curriculum development
Keywords: Computer, Conceptual framework, Junior high, Junior high school, Professional development, Rural, Rural education, Technology integration
Publication Number: 3315889
ISBN: 978-0-549-67497-9
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