Fischler College of Education: Faculty Articles

Title

Online Professional Development Embedded With Mobile Learning: An Examination of Teachers' Attitudes, Engagement and Dispositions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2017

Publication Title

British Journal of Engineering & Technology

ISSN

2326-425X

Volume

48

Issue/No.

6

Abstract

Educators are eager to understand how technology is being used in PK‐12 classrooms in the US. Administrators, in particular, are interested in determining the most effective methods for educating teachers to integrate newer technologies into their curriculums. Research supports that students learn best when the process is hands‐on, interactive and authentic. Teachers must learn not only how to use new technologies, but also how to deeply integrate them into their curriculum to meet the changing needs of their students. Would it not make sense then to assume that teachers also learn best when the process is hands‐on, interactive and authentic? While a great deal of instruction in technology appears to be included in district professional development programs, many lack assistance beyond the one‐shot, hands‐off professional development approach. Therefore, the purpose of this sequential explanatory mixed methods study was to understand teachers' dispositions toward the relative value of mobile learning and whether authentic, integrated, subject‐specific professional developments empower teachers to fully and effectively integrate mobile learning into their curriculum.

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