Date of Conferral
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Crissie M. Jameson
Although school districts have invested heavily in technology for teachers and students, the problem of inconsistent technology integration permeated a local school district. In order to create a 21st century learning environment for students, teachers must integrate technology with curriculum and evidence-based teaching practices. The purpose of this case study was to investigate current middle school teachers' technology integration in a suburban school district in North Dakota, Midwest Public Schools (pseudonym). Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) was used as a conceptual framework to guide the study. This study focused on exploration of current teacher practice in regard to technology integration and the perceived support they currently receive to do so. A case study research design was used, and data collection included interviews and classroom observations of 10 middle school teachers to determine current technology integration practices and explore the barriers for integration and teachers' perceived support in this endeavor. The 10 participants were chosen based on content area, grade level, and years of experience. The data were analyzed using thematic coding followed by an open coding process based on the TPACK framework constructs. Teachers are using technology in their instruction at varying levels. Overall, the case showed a strong indication of TCK and lower results in the area of student technology use. The results provided information for administrators in the district regarding additional training for teachers based on their current technology integration and perceived barriers of implementation in the classroom. Social change implications for this study involve an increased awareness of technology integration for teachers and administrators. Classroom teachers in this local district as well as districts across the nation could benefit from improved practice using technology to be able to learn and work in the complex school and work environments.
Noonan, Andrea, "Middle School Teachers' Technology Integration" (2018). Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies. 5916.