ERIC Number: ED467501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-1
Emerging Patterns of Technology Affordances in Teacher Discourse.
Li, Alan L.
Current research into educational technology often uses partnerships between teachers, researchers, and technology designers to study the introduction of new technology in the classroom. However, these partnerships involve commitments of time from teachers and technology reform projects. In addition, these partnerships often focus on student achievement gains measured by student test scores and are not primarily concerned with changes in teacher practice and the difficulty teachers may have in implementing the new curriculum. In this study, a methodology of discourse analysis is developed that is designed to analyze changes in teacher practice as technology is introduced in the classroom. The methodology involves recording and transcribing a complete period of classroom instruction. The verbal record is then divided into coherent segments and these segments are coded using categories that emerge from the actual discourse. The paper provides a case study, using the discourse analysis to investigate the affordances and constraints of technology use revealed by this method. The paper concludes by discussing the implications of these findings for teacher professional development. The coding scheme and five data charts are appended. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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