Title page for ETD etd-11042009-161313

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Johnson, Deidra Brown
Author's Email Address djohn43@tigers.lsu.edu;deidra417@cox.net
URN etd-11042009-161313
Title The Digital Disconnect: Uncovering Barriers that Sustain the Phenomena of Unplugged Teachers in a Technological Era
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Educational Theory, Policy, & Practice
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hinson, Janice Committee Chair
Cheek, Earl Committee Co-Chair
Kennedy, Eugene Committee Member
Lou, Yiping Committee Member
Wu, Yejun Dean's Representative
  • Educational Technology; Professional Development
Date of Defense 2009-10-30
Availability unrestricted
This study investigated the barriers to technology integration of teachers that are technology proficient and work in school settings where Type I barriers, such as lack of access, insufficient time to plan, and lack of support, have been systematically removed. The results of this case study are intended to provide practical recommendations for practitioners such as technology coordinators, principals and teachers, and recommend future areas of study.

The participants in this qualitative study consisted of eight teachers, three principals and one technology supervisor. Six of the eight teachers were interviewed, and all eight were observed teaching a lesson that utilized technology. The observations were rated using the Technology Integration Matrix.

The findings from this study implicate that time for professional development is the barrier that needs to be overcome, and that the professional development should be designed to match the current level of technology integration and the current beliefs of the teachers concerning professional development.

Further study into the digital disconnect should focus on how to connect what teachers know about curriculum, students, and teaching to what they know about technology.

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