ERIC Number: EJ1091130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Struggling to Move Beyond Projection: A Case Study of Instructional Use of an Interactive White Board in Elementary Social Studies
Sheffield, Caroline C.
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), v15 n4 p541-567 2015
Interactive whiteboards (IWBs) are increasingly prevalent in U.S. classrooms. Yet, little is known about how this tool is being used to teach social studies. This case study through classroom observations, interviews, and student focus groups examines how two fifth-grade teachers use the IWB to teach U.S. history. The data indicate that when the teachers were observed utilizing an IWB in their social studies instruction, they shifted away from the student-centered instructional practices observed when they did not use the device. Their IWB-centered instruction was teacher centered, utilizing the device predominantly for projection. This trend is likely due to a lack of confidence in how to integrate the IWB technology with social studies pedagogy, as well as a perceived lack of ready-made social studies materials for the IWB. Hammond and Manfra's (2009) giving-prompting-making model of technology-based social studies pedagogy was used to frame the teachers' instructional practice.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Bulletin Boards, Visual Aids, Educational Equipment, Educational Technology, Interactive Video, Social Studies, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods, Focus Groups, Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, History Instruction, Student Centered Learning, Technology Integration, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Learner Engagement, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Interviews, Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
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