Focus on Teachers
Anna C. Clifford, Ed.D., Professor of Education
May 1, 2008 - Dr. Anna Clifford presented at The University of Memphis 20th Annual Student Research Forum on April 1, 2008. The University of Memphis Student Research Forum is an annual event to showcase the diverse research undergraduate and graduate students involved in at the University of Memphis. It is co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the University Honors Program. Dr. Clifford’s presentation was entitled Focus on Teachers: Shaping Professionally and Becoming Integrators of Technology .
Teachers have experienced barriers and enablers while becoming exemplar technology integrators. This study followed 51 active teachers who graduated from a liberal arts Christian university in the mid-south. Through an extensive questionnaire and in-depth follow-up focus group interviews, the study identified enablers that have influenced teachers into becoming technology integrators and discussed its impact on their professional growth. Emerging themes included: early encounters with technology integration, emulation of peer’s use of technology, technology mandated by district, adoption of technology to complete traditional tasks, orientation of teaching strategies, development of technology applications, alignment of curriculum, and collaborative networking with colleagues. (2008)