Elementary Teachers' Perceptions of Technology in the Classroom

Elementary Teachers' Perceptions of Technology in the Classroom

Author: 
Signé D. Balluff
Program of study: 
Ed.D.
Abstract: 
The purpose of this qualitative participatory study was to bring awareness of the perceptions of elementary school teachers in the area of technology in the classroom. Stakeholders presume teachers to be the technological expert in their classrooms, yet teacher use of technology is inconsistent. Critical theory suggests that oppressed voices need to be heard and acted upon. Classroom teachers are the oppressed voice in this study. By understanding the perceptions of classroom teachers regarding technology in the classroom, educational leaders may improve budgeting, purchasing, and placement decisions of technology into classrooms. This participatory study triangulated common themes from a focus group, interviews, and survey instrument to provide reliability to the study. Data were analyzed with descriptive statistics using SPSS21 computer software. Findings of this study indicated that most teachers who participated are comfortable with technology in their classrooms. However, teachers uncomfortable with technology chose not to participate. A gap was indicated in the area of professional development in terms of technology integration. A call to action is made for improved professional development that meets the diverse needs of teachers.
Dedication: 
This is dedicated to my son, Austin, who is probably very happy to have a mother again and hopes that now the house will stay cleaner. Remember that no matter how hard something is if it is the right thing to do, you will have the strength to accomplish it. Keep a positive attitude and give it your best shot! To my parents and siblings who have taught me that working hard to achieve something is always worth it. Keep working toward your dreams! You all deserve the best that life has to offer. To my nieces and nephews - Go for what is good in life. Seek the light and never give up. Remember where to place your burdens when trials come.
Acknowledgements: 
I would like to acknowledge all of those who have worked to help me finish. The faculty and staff at the University of Phoenix including my committee, Doctors Callow, Hilliker, Williamson, and Maddox. Dr. Callow, without your input, help, and encouragement I would not have completed this journey. I truly appreciate you taking this on at the last moment and helping me to carry it through to the end. I would particularly like to acknowledge my administrators and colleagues including my final editors, Jeannette, Celeste, Dodie, and Robin as well as my team Ann, Donita and Katie. Logan, thank-you for guiding through the brain freeze I had with statistical analysis. To my other colleagues and friends, thank-you. In one way or another, you have pushed me to keep working even when I wanted to stop. I would also like to acknowledge the teachers and administrators who took part in the research for this study. Your voices were heard and I hope change will come.