Systems Design for Professional Development in Technology: “It’s More About the Attitude, Less About the Methods”
Roy Tamashiro, B. Desmond Rodney, Webster University, United States ; Dianne Benjamin, Area Resources for Community & Human Services, United States ; Elaine McKenna, Rockwood School District / Webster University, United States ; Will Blaylock, Rockwood School District, United States ; Carol-Lynn Petras, Affton School District/Pepperdine University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Recent research indicates that contextual and systemic school-wide variables like leadership, shared understanding of goals, and teacher passion and professionalism, have a greater impact on student learning than the use of technologies or particular teaching methods in the classroom. To be effective, professional development in technology for in-service teachers should reflect this emphasis on systemic factors that maximize student learning. This paper describes the development and design of the Rockwood Instructional Technology Teaching Strategies (RITTS) program, a district-wide professional development model based on these systemic principles. Since these contextual variables supersede pedagogical variables such as teaching methods or the use of technologies, the RITTS professional development model addresses teachers' thought processes, self-concepts, attitudes, dispositions, and values, as well as their science, mathematics, or technology expertise, and pedagogical skills.
Tamashiro, R., Rodney, B.D., Benjamin, D., McKenna, E., Blaylock, W. & Petras, C.L. (2008). Systems Design for Professional Development in Technology: “It’s More About the Attitude, Less About the Methods”. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 5335-5339). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).