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ERIC Number: EJ1047953
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
Facilitating Teachers' Thinking about Pedagogy and Technology with an Online Curriculum Planning Tool
Butcher, Kirsten R.; Leary, Heather; Foster, James; Devaul, Holly
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v22 n4 p423-447 Oct 2014
The current study analyzed the impact of a year-long adoption of an online curriculum planning tool on teachers' thinking about content and pedagogy, as well as their use of technology in the classroom. The online planning tool was adopted district-wide following professional development training with the purpose of supporting teachers' development of differentiated, student-centered instruction with digital resources. Structured interviews with high school science teachers were used to determine how teachers' thinking about key concepts and instruction changed during the course of technology adoption. Verbal protocol analysis was used to code interviews, using comprehension theory and national reform approaches in science teaching to develop a framework that coded teachers' interview responses as more constructive (student-centered) or more directed (teacher-centered). Results showed that teachers increased their discussion of "constructive" pedagogical strategies and reduced the degree to which they focused on "directed" uses of technology. No change was seen in teachers' domain knowledge across the adoption process, but teachers with deeper domain knowledge were more likely to spontaneously integrate technology into their discussion of domain concepts and pedagogical strategies. Overall, findings demonstrate teachers' adoption of an online curriculum planning tool in a supported context can have important impacts on their instructional approaches.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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