Date of Conferral
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Reading achievement scores in the United States are low and educators need more strategies to support young students in literacy. It is important to identify the technologies and implementation strategies that educators find beneficial for literacy instruction. The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate perspectives on instructional technology and literacy strategies intended to promote student-centered learning opportunities. The conceptual framework was Bloom's mastery learning, Bransford's anchored instruction, and Piaget's constructivist theory. Each theorist encouraged exploration and hands-on interactive learning opportunities. The research questions addressed how teachers perceive the implementation of technology tools to enhance literary performance and engagement in kindergarten and first grade. A purposeful sample of 8 teachers and 4 administrators with 3+ years' experience that implemented the core reading curriculum and had access to literary technologies participated in interviews and teachers' classrooms were observed. A combination of a priori and open coding was used to identify patterns and themes. Participants identified technology as a positive influence on reading instruction, student performance, and engagement. They identified problems including weak technical support and insufficient time for peer support and sharing related to working with the various technologies. Further research is recommended into integration of developmentally appropriate instructional technology. This study may contribute to positive social change by providing a tool that can be used by school districts to better improve the adoption of current and future technological innovations based on teacher experience and perceptions.