Date of Award

5-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Major

Education

Major Professor

Michael Waugh

Committee Members

Trena Paulus, Ralph Brockett, Sky Huck

Abstract

This case study examined the process teachers use when incorporating interactive whiteboards in the classroom and daily curriculum. Participants were drawn from a small group of three elementary and three high school teachers who received an interactive whiteboard, but no formal training. The school system purchased over 300 interactive whiteboards and was not able to adequately train all of the teachers before the beginning of the school year. Findings were compared to relevant models of andragogy, TPACK, and CBAM. The results indicate that a teacher’s prior technological ability aids in the implementation of new technologies in the classroom. The findings also indicate the importance of peer-support and proximity when dealing with technical difficulties. There is an apparent need for a technology-specific adoption model that utilizes the technical experience teachers bring with them when they enter the classroom. The researcher introduces a working model for this process.