Document Type

Article

Department/Program

Education

Publication Date

2011

Journal

Journal of Research on Technology in Education

Volume

43

Issue

3

First Page

211

Last Page

229

Abstract

How does teachers' technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) inform their instructional planning? How can this knowledge be enhanced? In an interpretivist study of experienced secondary social studies teachers' planning, we sought to discover clues to the nature and development of these teachers' TPACK-in-action as it was expressed in their planning processes. Comparisons of interview data and planning products before and after engaging in professional development that addressed content-focused, TPACK-based learning activity types (Harris & Hofer, 2009) revealed three primary findings, each supported by participating teachers' oral and written reflections upon their learning. The participating teachers' (a) selection and use of learning activities and technologies became more conscious, strategic, and varied; (b) instructional planning became more student-centered, focusing primarily upon students' intellectual, rather than affective, engagement; and (c) quality standards for technology integration were raised, resulting in deliberate decisions for more judicious educational technology use.

Keywords

Instructional Development, Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teaching Methods, Social Studies, Experienced Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Improvement, Program Descriptions, Learning Activities, Curriculum Development, Interviews, Units of Study, Lesson Plans, Reflection, Teacher Developed Materials

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