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ERIC Number: ED551845
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 231
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-3783-7
Web-Based Training for Technology Skills Acquisition: A Mixed Methodology Study of Teacher Proficiency and Participation
Dupre, Susan Vining
ProQuest LLC, D.Ed. Dissertation, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Increasing national emphasis on classroom technology integration has produced a need for effective professional development to support the acquisition of technology skills by elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers. This mixed methodology study investigates the use of Web-based training as a supplement to traditional professional development delivery methods in one rural Louisiana school district. The district's Web-based training program, locally branded as Professional Development in Your Pajamas (PDNPJ), provided users who self-selected into the program with anytime-anywhere online access to interactive instructional modules designed to foster technology skills acquisition. Using change theory as a theoretical lens, the study's parallel mixed methodology design examined technology proficiency scores of the PDNPJ Web-based training program participants and non-participants using longitudinal results from the Louisiana Teacher Technology Proficiency Self-Assessment instrument. The study also sheds light on the essence of program participation through personal interviews that questioned teacher participants about human dimension and design dimension themes that may have influenced participation in the PDNPJ Web-based training program. In the final phase of the study, data triangulation of quantitative findings and qualitative responses provided a better understanding of the phenomenon of Web-based training when used by K-12 teachers who controlled the time, place, content, and duration of their own learning. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana