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ERIC Number: ED450078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 27
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Teachers Learning To Use Technology within the Context of a Laptop Learning Initiative: The Interplay of Personal Histories, Social Dynamics and Institutional Culture.
Sahl, Kurt; Windschitl, Mark
This study examined how middle school teachers co-constructed norms and practices related to classroom use of laptop computers, focusing on a school that gave laptop computers to teachers, provided appropriate professional development, and offered students access to laptops. Eleven teachers were eligible to be study cases. During the first year, they were interviewed and observed. Researchers also interviewed administrators, conducted student focus groups, and observed faculty and board meetings. Teacher interviews examined beliefs about teaching and learning and teachers' instructional planning. In the second year, over 100 hours of participant observation occurred. Three teacher cases were shadowed throughout the school day, and teacher-researcher discussions were recorded. The resulting case studies described developmental changes associated with teachers' learning to use laptops in class. Conversations flowed through the school's network of settings that came to define the normative playing field for teachers' curricular decisions. Teachers' participation in these settings depended upon access to the activity and access to the social language used in the setting. Consistent teacher descriptions of peer choices to use or not use laptops indicated that access to the social language led to their understanding of the various roles laptops played in the school. (Contains 51 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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