Contextually based professional development

J. Michael Blocher, Shadow W. Armfield, Sujo Montes Laura, Gary Tucker, Elizabeth Willis

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In this article, the authors detail a study of a three-year professional development project designed to increase in-service teachers' classroom technology integration. Participants engaged in learning activities that modeled technology integration from a contextually based perspective that included technology, and pedagogical and content knowledge. Although participants reported having very limited technology skills before professional development began, after two years they reported a significant increase in using technology skills. In addition, participants reported increased comfort and confidence in using technology to the level where they changed their teaching practice to integrate technology. Indeed, between years two and three, participants reported a significant increase in technology use for learning by their students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-169
Number of pages12
JournalComputers in the Schools
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • Community
  • Contextually based instruction
  • Digital immigrants
  • Integration barriers
  • Professional development
  • Teacher in-service
  • Technology integration
  • Technology skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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