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ERIC Number: ED568290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 156
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-4149-1
Improving Technology in Agriscience Classrooms
Morris, Krista
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Teachers must make persistent efforts in integrating technology in the classroom. In Georgia agriscience curriculum, no data are available regarding the type and amount of technology integration used in the classrooms. Some teachers integrate actively while others incorporate very little technology in their teaching. The purpose of this explanatory sequential mixed method study was to explore the perceptions and practices of Georgia agriscience teachers in implementing technology in the classrooms. The conceptual framework was based on the constructivist approach and self-efficacy theory used to support teachers' use of instructional technology. The guiding research question concerned how teachers were using technology within agriscience classrooms and overcoming any impediments to integrating technology effectively. Quantitative data were collected from 123 participants using the Loti Survey. The survey was used to find descriptive data in the type of technology use, the factors influencing technology use, and teacher professional development. Qualitative data were collected from 6 participants using semi structured interviews which were analyzed through open and axial coding. Findings showed teachers perceived technology as a tool to enhance curriculum, and impediments to integrating technology included lack of time, teacher training, and meaningful activities to engage students in. Morris model of technology, a professional development program, was designed to improve technology integration in the classroom using Future Farmers of America activities and supervised agricultural experience projects. Technology integration in the classroom will provide 21st century technical skills and can help better prepare students for future careers in the workforce. [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: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia