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Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Degree Program

Education (also CAGS)

Year Degree Awarded

Spring 2014

First Advisor

Jacqueline Mosselson, Co-Chair & Florence Sullivan, Co-Chair

Second Advisor

Gretchen Rossman

Third Advisor

A. Leah Wing

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Leadership | Educational Methods | International and Comparative Education | Other Education

Abstract

The overarching exploratory question that guides this study is: “How can Palestinian secondary schools move forward and integrate computer technology effectively into education?” For the purpose of this study, computer technology integration is defined as the use of computing devices such as desktop computers, laptops, software applications and the Internet, and peripheral devices, such as printers, scanners, digital cameras, and overhead projectors for instructional purposes in Palestinian secondary schools in the cities of Ramallah & Al Bireh and Qalqilia & Azoon.

The purpose of this study is to identify ways to help teachers working at the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) integrates computer technology into their teaching. This study will explore how teachers use computer technology in schools as well as how the Palestinian MoEHE stance computer integration into schools. The study also provides recommendations for ways to help close the gap between the vision and practice. To achieve the above, a Triangulation mixed method design was used to converge both quantitative data from surveys and qualitative data in the form of interviews and document analysis.

Although the Palestinian MoEHE sees computer technology the primary means of improving the educational process and moving toward a student-centered approach, this study has found that integration of technology into Palestinian schools is still oriented toward a traditional approach. This study presents some recommendations to help break that disparity between the vision and the real practice of computer integration.

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