Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Technology and fifth grade teaching: A study of teacher reported classroom practice, professional development, access, and support
by Beaudry, Debbie, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2011, 197; 3496474
Abstract (Summary)

This mixed methods study investigated 5th-grade teachers’ reported use of computer technology and variables that have been identified by researchers as affecting teachers’ use of technology, including professional development activities, physical access to computer technology, and technical and instructional support provided for teachers. Quantitative data were collected from 80 5th-grade teachers from a Florida public school district through an online survey in which teachers reported how frequently they used and had their students use computer technology for 27 different purposes. The teachers also reported the amount of emphasis those 27 different topics received during their technology-related professional development experiences, the number of hours they participated in technology-related professional development, the number of months they participating in a technology coaching/mentoring program, the access their students had to computers in the classroom and in a one-to-one computing environment, and the frequency that they received technical and instructional support. Information from the school district’s technology plan provided a context for the study. Qualitative data were collected through interviews with seven of the survey participants.

The findings indicated that for 18 different purposes of technology, there was a significant correlation between how frequently teachers used and had their students use technology and the teacher-reported emphasis those topics received during technologyrelated professional development. Self-reported frequency of support, student-tocomputer ratio in the classroom, hours of professional development, and months of mentoring did not moderate the relationship between frequency of technology use and the content of professional development. The relationship between having students use technology to work cooperatively or collaboratively and the reported emphasis that topic received in professional development was strengthened if teachers reported that their students had access to a one-to-one computing environment. An additional finding was that the teachers’ reported frequency of use of technology and reported emphasis of content of technology-related professional development leaned toward direct instruction and test preparation and leaned less toward innovative uses of technology. Implications and suggestions for future research are offered for technology integration and professional development for teachers at the elementary school level.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Burnaford, Gail
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 73/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Elementary education, Teacher education, Educational technology
Keywords: Computer, Inservice, Instructional support, Professional development, Technical support, Technological pedagogical content k nowledge
Publication Number: 3496474
ISBN: 9781267159366
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