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ERIC Number: ED563634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 186
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3035-2897-2
K-8 Teachers Using Mobile Technology as a Student Centered Instructional Tool
Durbin, Annette L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Mobile technology is increasing its presence in the educational environment. The public school district in this study has made great strides improving technology usage in schools with updated hardware, extensive district-wide infrastructure, a technology plan, and professional development. While the district has been successful in some areas, like others across the nation, the challenges educators face in the classroom continue to have a negative impact on the end results this district seeks: 100% technology implementation. The current study focused on a local charter school whose practices were grounded in the conceptual framework of experiential learning, social interdependence, and multiple intelligences using mobile technology. The purpose of this study was to understand the pedagogies, practices, and attitudes among K-8 charter school educators on the mobile technology used as a student-centered instructional tool. A qualitative, multiple case study design was used to gather and analyze data from interviews, a focus learning group, and instructional observations of 6 K-8 charter school teachers. Data were analyzed using a constant comparative method to identify common trends and themes. Results showed how these teachers transitioned from traditional pedagogy to 21st century pedagogy. Trends included learning opportunities; technology implementation strategies; motivation; and challenges encountered that impacted pedagogy, practice and attitude. A tech lab project study was designed to support educator transitioning to 21st century pedagogy. These findings show that professional development and professional learning communities can be used to overcome challenges and support teachers using mobile technology as a student-centered instructional tool, one that aids a successful transition. [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; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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