Factors Contributing to Technology Integration in a Public High School: A Qualitative Descriptive Case Study

Factors Contributing to Technology Integration in a Public High School: A Qualitative Descriptive Case Study

Author: 
O’Neil Duncan
Program of study: 
Ed.D.
Abstract: 
Educators in the Cayman Islands are struggling to effectively integrate technology in the classroom. The purpose of the qualitative descriptive case study was to describe the factors that influence technology integration among high school teachers in a Caribbean territory. The sample consisted of 10 classroom teachers in a high school in the Cayman Islands with at least 3 years of traditional classroom teaching experience and technology integration. Data collection in the study included face-to-face interviews, observations, and examination of teaching artifacts to enable triangulation of data. The results of the study supported the need for more training, specifically smart board training, technical support, and continuous professional development when integrating technology. The results also showed that teachers used many Internet resources and planned their lessons accordingly; the teachers also found that their students were more interested in technology rich lessons and this served as one of the main motivating factors. The perceptions of teachers within the study led to the conclusion that there are factors that also prevent the integration of technology. The factors relating to the low use of computer technology for instructional purposes were lack of access to computer technology equipment need for specialized training in use of computer technology, and teachers’ disposition to use technology. These findings were important in determining the needs of teachers who did not regularly integrate technology and demonstrated the need for support, training, technological facilities, and adequate professional development for teachers if they are going to meaningfully integrate technology in their practice.
Dedication: 
I would like to dedicate this dissertation to my family. My parents Josiah and Jasmine, my brother and sister Claude and Jillian but especially my darling wife Sashoy and son Judah.
Acknowledgements: 
I would like to thank Sashoy, my darling wife for giving me the support and encouragement I needed to complete this journey. My father, mother and siblings- your support and encouragement were well worth it! How can I forget my mentor Dr. Dickey who has always been there during the tough times, my invaluable committee Drs. Mary and Paul, as well as my editor Robin. I would like to thank all the participants who took part in the study. I really want to be an example to my siblings and I know they are proud of my achievements. To God be the glory great things he has done!!!