ERIC Number: EJ1112690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Persistent Teaching Practices after Geospatial Technology Professional Development
Rubino-Hare, Lori A.; Whitworth, Brooke A.; Bloom, Nena E.; Claesgens, Jennifer M.; Fredrickson, Kristi M.; Sample, James C.
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), v16 n3 2016
This case study described teachers with varying technology skills who were implementing the use of geospatial technology (GST) within project-based instruction (PBI) at varying grade levels and contexts 1 to 2 years following professional development. The sample consisted of 10 fifth- to ninth-grade teachers. Data sources included artifacts, observations, interviews, and a GST performance assessment and were analyzed using a constant comparative approach. Teachers' teaching actions, beliefs, context, and technology skills were categorized. Results indicated that all of the teachers had high beliefs, but their context and level of technology skills strongly influenced their teaching actions. Two types of teachers persisting in practices from professional development were identified: innovators and adapters. Persistence of practice and implementation of the integration of GST within PBI must continue after professional development ends, or the sustainability of the positive results experienced during the professional development will not persist.
Descriptors: Geographic Information Systems, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Student Projects, Active Learning, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Technological Literacy, Interviews, Observation, Performance Based Assessment, Comparative Analysis, Teaching Styles, Beliefs, Context Effect, Instructional Innovation, Adoption (Ideas), Online Surveys, Semi Structured Interviews, Classroom Observation Techniques, Sustainability, Case Studies, Qualitative Research
Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. P.O. Box 719, Waynesville, NC 28786. Fax: 828-246-9557; Web site: http://www.citejournal.org/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL092846