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ERIC Number: EJ940690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
Examining Dilemmas of Practice Associated with the Integration of Technology into Mathematics Classrooms Serving Urban Students
Anthony, Anika B.; Clark, Lawrence M.
Urban Education, v46 n6 p1300-1331 Nov 2011
This article contributes to research on contextual influences on technology integration in urban mathematics classrooms through an investigation of five middle-grade teachers' participation in a laptop program. Drawing on activity theory, findings illuminate teachers' dilemmas and coping strategies in their efforts to integrate technology. Dilemmas of practice included (a) determining the role of technology, (b) meeting misaligned expectations, and (c) gaining knowledge and skills despite limited professional development. Coping strategies included (a) integrating multiple institutional goals, (b) breaking rules, and (c) redistributing instructional responsibilities across colleagues and students. Implications for administrative practice, teacher education, and future research are discussed. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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