Date of Award

Fall 12-8-2017

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Executive Ed.D. in Education Leadership Management and Policy

Department

Education Leadership, Management and Policy

Advisor

Joseph Stetar, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jan Arlene Furman, Ed.D.

Keywords

technology integration, instructional technology, middle-school teachers, qualitative study, one-to-one computers

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine those factors influencing a teacher’s level of adaptation to a one-to-one laptop program in a middle-school setting. The school chosen for this study is located in a semi-rural district with approximately 500 students in sixth through eighth grade. Over the past 10 years, the school district has implemented a one-to-one laptop program with students currently having access to their own personal computer each day. Collins’s (2007) technology, leadership management, and policy pyramid model provided a framework for this analysis. Teachers’ perceptions of leadership support for the planning activities, organizational integration activities, and maintenance activities revealed a deeper understanding of leadership’s role in initiating and sustaining the laptop program. District administrator interviews provided an additional perspective of the program’s implementation. The findings suggest leadership’s role in a change process does impact a teacher’s level of adaptation to a new technology program. Future studies should consider the role of leadership in technology innovations and leadership’s influence on teacher technology adaptation.

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