Capstone/Dissertation Title

Developing TPACK: A Study of New Interactive Whiteboard Implementers

Term

Summer 8-8-2016

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Barbara Swanson

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Karl Brown

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Anne Nelson

Abstract

Typical professional development for teachers implementing new technologies has been limited to technology knowledge, largely excluding pedagogical and content knowledge. This capstone investigates the process of developing Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) for new interactive whiteboard implementers. An initial survey was conducted exploring the professional development needs of the participants in the study. Professional learning group sessions were then conducted with the participants, and discourse analysis was used to analyze the transcripts of the sessions. The study found that the participants developed TPACK through participation in the professional learning group sessions. Application of the professional learning group initiative to other technology implementations is also discussed.

Research Methodology

Focus Group, Survey

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