Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
English Rhetoric and Composition
This dissertation critically examines graduate instructors technological literacy across disciplines in a four-year university, in order to explore avenues through which their challenges teaching with classroom technologies can be met. It also investigates the possibility that non- resident instructors and resident instructors difference in cultural orientations (patterns, norms and ways of doing) influence instructors ability to use technology for their specific functions. For this purpose, Multi (modal) literacy theories and the TPACK framework (technological, pedagogical and content, knowledge) are used as theoretical underpinnings which foster a better understanding of instructors technological literacy, while grounded theory developed by Glaser and Strauss (1967) and modified by Charmaz (2006, 2014) is used as a methodology and method for data analysis through processes of coding, categorizing, memo-writing and saturation.Data collected through surveys and follow-up interviews reveal that instructors find it challenging to integrate technology into their functions for reasons such as little or no knowledge of instructional technologies required by the institution prior to their enrollment, unfamiliarity with a technology-supported pedagogy, lack of skills, training, institutional support and ineffective campus workshops. Also, contrary to scholarly findings in the literature on non-resident graduate student teaching and use of technology, results of this study showed that all instructors (both resident and non-resident) have similar challenges integrating technology into their instructional functions. This research emphasizes the need for instructors to think multimodally and semiotically in ways that allow for proper planning and preparation of how to integrate technology into content and pedagogy, rather than treating it as an add-on pedagogical tool. It also stresses the importance for institutions to test, assess and support graduate students technological literacy in the best possible ways. Lastly, using a positive deviance approach (Singhal et al., 2009) to find best practices of instructors who excel in their use of technology without access to any special resources, this research foregrounds local solutions to technology integration that can be amplified to improve all instructors technological literacy.
Received from ProQuest
Sidouane Patcha Lum
Patcha Lum, Sidouane, "Technological Literacy Across Disciplines: Examining Graduate Instructors' Experiences" (2018). Open Access Theses & Dissertations. 144.