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Computer-Mediated Collaboration to Reduce Isolation for Rural Teachers


2011 2011

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Abstract (summary)

Rural secondary content area teachers have little opportunity to discuss issues with similar content area teachers. Professional isolation can impact teacher satisfaction and ultimately affect rural student achievement. The purpose of this study was to investigate computer-mediated collaboration as a means of reducing isolation for rural teachers. This study has its theoretical foundation in social constructivism and social learning theory. The quantitative research question investigated relationship between rural K-12 teacher isolation and participation in a computer-mediated collaborative environment. The qualitative research questions examined factors influencing voluntary participation and reduction in perceived content isolation by rural teachers of kindergarten through twelfth grade. This concurrent mixed method study, prioritizing qualitative data, integrated correlational data collected by a survey and qualitative data from interviews. Quantitative data were analyzed with point-biserial and Spearman correlation coefficients. Qualitative data were coded and analyzed for reoccurring themes. Analysis of quantitative data showed no relationship between teacher isolation and participation in a computer-mediated collaborative environment. Analysis of qualitative data found face-to-face meetings important by facilitating professional and social relationships between geographically isolated teachers. Findings from this study may help administrators and professional development planners develop collaborative interactions for rural content teachers within districts and across regions. This study could contribute to positive social change by increasing rural teachers’ sense of professional community and increasing achievement for students they serve.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration;
Secondary education;
Educational technology;
Collaboration;
Rural schools
Classification
0514: School administration
0533: Secondary education
0710: Educational technology
Identifier / keyword
Education; Collaboration; Computer-mediated collaboration; Isolation; Rural education
Title
Computer-Mediated Collaboration to Reduce Isolation for Rural Teachers
Author
Cox, William S.
Number of pages
127
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0543
Source
DAI-A 72/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124480657
Advisor
Canipe, Sharon W.
Committee member
Clay, Karine
University/institution
Walden University
Department
Education
University location
United States -- Minnesota
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3443301
ProQuest document ID
854874200
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/854874200
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