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ERIC Number: ED568188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 96
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-4282-5
The Implementation of Research-Based Instructional Strategies Using Technology: An Action Research Study
Hoff, Paula
ProQuest LLC, D.Ed. Dissertation, Capella University
Students are entering a suburban middle school with significant achievement gaps. The skill deficits that students bring to the school setting must be addressed based on data that reflect their greatest area of need. At the middle school level, it is critical to address the learning gaps and prepare students for success at the high school level. Middle school is often seen as the last best chance to prepare students for high school success. Teachers are aware of the need to provide instruction that is targeted at the needs of the students but often lack the capacity to do so. The purpose of this study was to measure the impact of professional learning in its ability to develop the capacity of teachers so they become more efficacious in providing instruction utilizing research-based instructional strategies. Available technology was used as an implementation tool to assist teachers in providing research-based instructional strategies that best met the identified needs of the learner. Over a 4-week period, and ongoing professional learning, teachers completed three surveys that measured their sense of efficacy in implementing research-based instructional strategies using technology as an implementation tool. A focus group was held at the end of the study to gain deeper insight into the experience and the outcomes for teachers. The results of the surveys and the focus group indicated that teachers understood the need and the purpose of research-based instructional strategies but needed more time to locate and determine the best way in which to implement the strategies. The results also showed that teachers saw the value in the technology as an implementation tool but needed time to determine most appropriate use. These findings will be implemented at the research site. Future researchers may consider the direct impact on student achievement. [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: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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