Master of Education Research Theses
Date of Successful Defense
Date Degree Awarded
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Andrew Runyan, Ph.D.
technology integration, professional development
This research-based thesis project explains the governmental acts and policies, investors, and other stakeholders who have worked to promote, question, and explore the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the classroom. Research suggests that best-practice ICT integration requires using ICT alongside constructivist pedagogy. However, ICT integration is a complex phenomenon involving a significant number of factors. Teachers have often taken the blame for a failure to effectively integrate ICT in their classrooms due to their integral role in effective integration. This research project attempts to ensure that teachers will be equipped, empowered, and encouraged to include ICT in their instructional repertoires through the development of a research-based professional development program. While this professional development program will only address the teacher factors involved in ICT integration, it is an essential step toward effective integration.
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Faulder, Tori R., "Technology Integration: A Research-based Professional Development Program" (2011). Master of Education Research Theses. 30.