Teachers' Beliefs on Technology Integration in Literacy Curriculum: A Qualitative Narrative Inquiry

Teachers' Beliefs on Technology Integration in Literacy Curriculum: A Qualitative Narrative Inquiry

Author: 
Jennifer N. Calito
Program of study: 
Ed.D./CI
Abstract: 
Although the United States federal government has allocated $400 million in funding towards technology advancements in education, the National Center for Education Statistics has reported 65% of fourth-graders reading levels are below proficient. There is a lack of knowledge regarding specific technology integration methods that may impact students’ literacy development. The purpose of this qualitative narrative inquiry was to explore teachers’ experiences in effort to identify best practices in technology integration methods to augment literacy proficiency. This research study was developed around three research questions: how is technology currently used in respect to literacy instruction, what are teacher’s views on hindrances, if at all, to implementation of technology with literacy instruction, and what are teachers’ experiences regarding best practices for technology implementation with literacy instruction? Participants were 10 educators from Chicagoland area schools in Illinois who teach literacy and have technology resources available for their literacy instruction. Four key phrases emerged in this study that translated into themes: student motivation, inconsistent support, how should students interact with technology, and need for quality resources. Recommendations include maximizing schools technology and employee resources and utilization of adaptive technology. Recommendations for future research are also included
Dedication: 
I dedicate this dissertation to many loved ones whom have touched my heart along this journey. In memory of my grandfather, Mathew: a man who taught me to never give up, to always embrace a desire to overcome all obstacles, and supported me until the day of his passing. In memory of my grandmother, Helen: a strong Christian woman, who taught me to support others even in face of my own trials and adversities. She reminded me to laugh at myself when things are tuff and when the journey seems unattainable. To my children, Christian, Jasmine, and Kaylee: who have sacrificed so much for me to realize my dreams. They have given their whole lives for me to dedicate to my schoolwork: bachelors, two masters, and this doctorate. May the years to come be filled with love, laugher, and several well-deserved vacations. To Raul: thank you for staying up late and sacrificing your sleep to encourage and motivate me, and edit the multitude of essays I have written over the years.
Acknowledgements: 
I want to acknowledge my committee of esteemed professors: Dr. Michael Novello, EdD my dissertation chair, and Dr. Debra Beebe, PhD and Dr. Marni Finkelstein, PhD my committee members. They have faithfully stood behind me in this extra long journey and allowed me to grow in ways that were unexpected. They never gave up on me even when I was ready to give up on myself. Each of them has a dedication to taking their mentees and turning them into colleagues. Words cannot fully express the appreciation I have. May the words, Thank You, be a starting point.