A study of first-grade teachers using instructional technology for literacy instruction : the contributing factors
Schneider, Teresa C.
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This qualitative study examined the perspectives of first-grade teachers on implementing instructional technology during literacy instruction. Four first-grade teachers were observed using instructional technology during their 90-minute reading block. Follow-up interviews revealed the teachers' perspectives of the contributing factors that influenced the teachers' decisions to implement instructional technology for literacy instruction. In this study, teachers identified barriers that played in their decisions as lack of technology support and training on technology tools and programs, limited collaboration with peers, and an absence of a technology curriculum or expectation guidelines. In addition, this study also revealed traditional literacy instruction was enhanced by teachers' use of instructional technology; teachers perceived high student engagement and motivation when using technology tools and programs; and teachers reported that familiar technology tools and programs provided instructional convenience. The findings support the literature regarding influences and barriers that contribute to teachers' decisions when implementing technology for literacy instruction.