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ERIC Number: ED552762
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 182
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2679-9512-4
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Shifting Teacher Paradigms: A Study of Andragogical Professional Learning Structures
Moore, Judith M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northeastern University
As public education seeks to address the needs of a globalized, 21st Century workplace, curriculum and instructional methodologies increasingly require classroom technology integration, infusion of critical thinking skills and information and media skills over rote memorization of facts. In order to retrain teachers in the new instructional archetype, this study designed and implemented a professional learning program, grounded in adult learning theory, which sought to shift teacher's instructional paradigm from that of didactic information provider to student-driven learning facilitator. Specifically, the research questions addressed the current level of technology integration at a moderate size middle school in the Southeast United States and, from the teachers' perspective, what barriers existed to increasing technology integration. Additionally, this study investigated what characteristics of professional learning programs teachers indicated not only effectively increased technology integration but were also likely to produce a sustainable paradigm shift. Using volunteer secondary teachers through an action research model, participants engaged in an andragogy-based professional learning program. Working with the researcher over a forty-five day period, participants assessed their current technology integration level, built a directed professional learning plan and utilized resources and feedback to adjust continued implementation and increase overall classroom technology integration. [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: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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