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ERIC Number: ED554101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 150
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3031-4297-0
The Diffusion of Innovations in Education: A Study of Secondary English Language Arts Teachers' Classroom Technology Integration
Thayer, Kelly Keener
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Florida State University
This study explored secondary English Language Arts teachers' experiences using digital technologies in their classrooms, as presented in two key journals in the English Education field: the "Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy" ("JAAL"), sponsored by the International Reading Association, and "English Journal," sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. Specifically, this study examined and analyzed the published narratives of teachers who had written about their experiences integrating digital technologies into their curriculum. These teachers were defined as the "early adopters" of digital technology use in the secondary English Education discipline in that they played an integral role in the diffusion of innovative teaching practices regarding classroom digital technology use through the writing and publishing of their experiences in the field's major journals. This study utilized a textual analysis of the articles published in the two key journals from 2008-2012, a time period selected due to NCTE's formal position on 21st century literacies published in 2008. One issue per journal per year was randomly selected for analysis, as well as any special editions focused on secondary ELA teachers' experiences with digital technology use in the classroom. All articles were coded using an open coding scheme to allow themes to emerge from the data. Next, an inter-coder agreement session consisting of four outside coders was conducted to ensure the researcher's developed coding scheme accurately reflected the data. Furthermore, grounded theory was used to construct a theory of how narratives of teachers' experiences with technology contribute to the diffusion of technological innovations in the 21st century classroom. Four themes emerged from the data in this study: "Power Dynamics," "Interconnectedness," "Shifting Perspectives," and "Challenges." These themes illustrated the purposes as well as challenges for secondary ELA teachers' integration of digital technologies into their classrooms. Combined, these themes depicted the current trends regarding secondary ELA teachers' digital technology integration efforts in their classrooms. [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: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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