Identifier

etd-11112006-104805

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Leadership, Research and Counseling

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which professional development implemented by a school-based instructional technology facilitator impacted the technology proficiency of teachers in SCHOOLTech sites. A second purpose was to identify the types and frequencies of professional development implemented by school-based facilitators in SCHOOLTech sites, as well as, in five case study sites that had shown increases in teacher technology proficiency. The final purpose was to determine if there was a significant difference in student achievement levels between SCHOOLTech and non SCHOOLTech schools. Investigation was carried out through a within-stage mixed model design requiring the parallel use of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies throughout various stages of the research (Johnson & Christensen, 2004). Quantitative study was conducted with 22 SCHOOLTech schools and 29 non SCHOOLTech schools. Results of a teacher technology proficiency survey showed that the percentage increase of teachers reaching technology proficiency from year zero to year two was significantly higher in the experimental schools with school-based facilitators than those without. Analysis of student achievement data indicated higher achievement in the experimental schools than control schools; however the difference was not statistically significant. Follow-up qualitative case studies were conducted with five SCHOOLTech schools that had more than a 10% increase in teachers achieving technology proficiency. Analyses of multiple data sources indicated that student achievement was significantly improved in three of the five schools. In all five schools, students were reported as being more engaged and motivated to learn. The technology professional development practices that were identified as having the most positive impact on teacher technology proficiency include: one to one interaction with teachers, integration of technology into the curriculum, needs-based, online resources, and job-embedded professional development.

Date

2006

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Yiping Lou

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