Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Multiple Case Study of School Districts’ Use of Their Educational Technology Systems in Support of Learner-Centered Practices
by Gerhart, Michael A., Ed.D., Shippensburg University, 2019, 161; 13900978
Abstract (Summary)

Many school districts across the United States are investing substantial amounts of faculty and financial resources on the implementation of Educational Technology Systems (ETS) in an effort to support student-centered learning. One approach is the creation of a learner-centered environment by utilizing the ETS in the district to support those initiatives. To better understand how this is currently taking place, a qualitative multiple case study analysis analyzed how three school districts employed their ETS in support of learner-centered practices. Three research questions guided the study with the American Psychological Association (APA) fourteen learner-centered principles and the 2015 Personalized Integrated Educational System (PIES) framework providing a theoretical base. Semi-structured interview questions with district and building level educators across the three case study school districts allowed for the emergence of three significant themes in support of learner-centered instruction with the use of their ETS. Each school district provided these themes through a variety of means and in varying degrees of support, but the ability of choice, the existence of a comprehensive portal of student achievement, and the ability for collaboration emerged as the most prolific among the school districts. Based on upon these findings, implications for practice provide suggestions to school districts wanting to better support learner-centered practices with their Educational Technology Systems. Looking beyond this study, proposed recommendations for the future include additional research on the APA’s learner-centered principles and professional development for faculty in school districts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dreon, Oliver
Commitee: Pennucci, Stephanie, Stollar, Lori
School: Shippensburg University
Department: Educational Leadership and Special Education
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational technology
Keywords: Educational technology Systems (ETS), Learner-centered principles, Multiple case study, Personalized integrated educational system (PIES)
Publication Number: 13900978
ISBN: 9798644901128
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