Date Approved

4-22-2003

Embargo Period

5-5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kern, Robert

Subject(s)

Pitman High School (Pitman, N.J.); Distance education

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to understand how a well-developed procedure to facilitate the use of distance learning technology would impact teaching practice and student achievement at Pitman High School. As part of the action research, the intern conducted a survey using a questionnaire that employed a Likert-type format. The population for the study consisted of a sample of the teaching staff from Pitman Schools representing an elementary school, middle and high school. Each of these schools had distance learning technology available. The intern analyzed the results of the survey, and computed the mean response to each question for each school.

In spite of extensive planning and groundwork, the level of utilization of this technology did not meet the intern's expectations. The intern's observations and research revealed causes for the limited use.

The survey results indicated that the teachers, while exhibiting limited use, held this technology in high regard and desired support and training to enhance their infusion of the technology into their educational practice. The intern concluded that positive change occurred, and she will continue to develop effective methods to infuse this technology into the curriculum at Pitman High School.

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