Adopting an Online Curriculum Planning Tool: Facilitation for Teachers’ Thinking about Student-Centered Pedagogy and Technology Integration
Kirsten Butcher, University of Utah, United States ; Heather Leary, James Foster, University of Colorado Boulder, United States ; Holly Devaul, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, United States
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 22, Number 4, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
The current study analyzed the impact of a year-long adoption of an online curriculum planning tool on teachers’ thinking about content and pedagogy, as well as their use of technology in the classroom. The online planning tool was adopted district-wide following professional development training with the purpose of supporting teachers’ development of differentiated, student-centered instruction with digital resources. Structured interviews with high school science teachers were used to determine how teachers’ thinking about key concepts and instruction changed during the course of technology adoption. Verbal protocol analysis was used to code interviews, using comprehension theory and national reform approaches in science teaching to develop a framework that coded teachers’ interview responses as more constructive (student-centered) or more directed (teacher-centered). Results showed that teachers increased their discussion of constructive pedagogical strategies and reduced the degree to which they focused on directed uses of technology. No change was seen in teachers’ domain knowledge across the adoption process, but teachers with deeper domain knowledge were more likely to spontaneously integrate technology into their discussion of domain concepts and pedagogical strategies. Overall, findings demonstrate teachers’ adoption of an online curriculum planning tool in a supported context can have important impacts on their instructional approaches.
Butcher, K., Leary, H., Foster, J. & Devaul, H. (2014). Adopting an Online Curriculum Planning Tool: Facilitation for Teachers’ Thinking about Student-Centered Pedagogy and Technology Integration. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 22(4), 423-447. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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