School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
differentiation, educational technology, differentiation with technology
Baggott, Cecelia Denise, "Technology Use for Differentiation of Instruction in Middle School: An Applied Research Study" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3113.
The purpose of this study was to improve the use of instructional technology in differentiated learning for students at XYZ Middle School and to formulate a solution that encouraged teachers to leverage the benefits associated with using technology to differentiate. In 2016 the school adopted a one-to-one initiative that provided each student with a Chromebook to use at school and home. Since that time, state-mandated testing scores had shown improvement; however, large disparities in those results among various subgroups exposed the need for using the provided technology to differentiate instruction. This research answered the question: How can educators improve the use of instructional technology in differentiated learning for students at XYZ Middle School? XYZ Middle School served 947 students in grades six through eight and implemented a schoolwide Title 1 program. This applied study employed a multimethod approach utilizing both qualitative and quantitative data to solve the problem in practice. Qualitative data included interviews of five members of leadership and a focus group of four teachers. Quantitative data included a survey of teachers who taught core classes. Data collected was analyzed and triangulated for validity. The themes identified were used to formulate a solution to the problem in practice.