School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
Instructional Technology, Technology Integration, Teacher Motivation, Education
Education | Educational Leadership
Daffin, Aishia Nicole, "A Phenomenological Study Of Teachers’ Motivations To Use Instructional Technology" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3465.
The purpose of this qualitative transcendental phenomenological study was to identify and describe the factors that motivate teachers to integrate instructional technology in a district that has a 1:1 Chromebook program and tech-rich classroom environments. The research questions guiding this study were: How do middle school teachers describe the impact of access to contemporary technology resources on their motivation to integrate technology in their classrooms?; What are middle school teachers’ perceptions of how professional development experiences impact their motivation to integrate technology in the classroom?; How do the lived experiences of middle school teachers impact how they integrate technology in their classrooms? The theories guiding this study were the technology acceptance model (Davis, 1989) as is focused on user acceptance or rejection of new technologies, and the self-determination theory (Deci and Ryan, 1985). The sample consisted of ten participants who are employed in a school district that utilizes a 1:1 Chromebook program and has access to various technologies within the classroom space. Data were collected via interviews, observations, and writing prompts. The data were analyzed in accordance with Moustakas’s (1994) analysis procedures. Findings from this study revealed the factors that teachers found were most influential on their utilization of instructional technology. The researched revealed the importance of high self-efficacy that results from the necessary support from district and school leadership, access to resources, and clear intentions for student achievement and success on teachers’ motivation to integrate technology in their classroom practices.