Title

The Acts of Leadership in Effectively Implementing Technology in Texas School Districts, as Perceived by Campus Leaders

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

Department

Educational Administration

Date of Award

Fall 2013

Abstract

Each year school districts across the country pour thousands to millions of dollars into district technology in hopes that student achievement scores increase. However, test scores show little to no increase. In addition the kind of teaching pedagogy necessary to support successful implementation of technology is rarely visible in most of today's industrial age classrooms. In this paper, we examine technology integration through the lens of campus leaders, teachers, and technology leaders as agents of change: What are the necessary leadership characteristics that support change associated with implementing technology and leadership that supports a culture that embraces technology? To answer these questions a thorough examination of literature related to educational technology, school change, and implementation of new programs and technology is given. Findings from three Texas school districts, including interviews, document reviews, and site observations, revealed that leadership styles and practices that support the adaptation to change and a culture that can embrace technology are vital to the educational technology implementation process. In addition, this study identified and discusses the significance of educational technology leaders, professional development, the establishment of a vision, mission, plan, and communication.

Advisor

Maria Hinojosa

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Administration and Supervision

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