Teachers, technology and the high school language arts classroom: A digital case study
Deborah Katherine Adams, Simon Fraser University , Canada
Simon Fraser University . Awarded
The purpose of this case study was to investigate language arts teachers' resistance to the use of computer technology during instruction. A mixed-media research design using both standard, qualitative interview methods and new digital tools was employed in this case study to give high school teachers an opportunity to be heard describing and responding to the conditions that promote or inhibit technology use with learners. Initially, interviews with five language arts teachers were videotaped. Digitized video clips from the interviews were later shared with the teacher-participants through the use of a World Wide Web site designed for the study. From the web site, the teacher-participants submitted their comments about the interview data. Based on the interview responses and the web site submissions, several trends were identified. The findings of this study are in accordance with previous research that suggest that teachers do not use computers because they do not have ready access to equipment and they have not had adequate time nor the opportunity to grapple with how new information and communications technologies should be used in ordinary classrooms. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
Adams, D.K. Teachers, technology and the high school language arts classroom: A digital case study. Master's thesis, Simon Fraser University.
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