Date of Award

Fall 10-16-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctorate of Education, Ed.D.


College of Education



First Advisor

Jillian Skelton Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Dion Jones, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Quincey Daniels, Ph.D.


Teachers who were born before the proliferation of computers are a large part of the education workforce. Therefore, it is important to understand how that group of teachers describes the use of technology in their classroom, as well as professional development that they have taken which focused on the implantation of blended learning in their classrooms. The purpose of the qualitative descriptive single case study was to understand how teachers describe technology and blended learning in their classrooms, as well as their descriptions of professional development that focuses on technology regarding blended learning. The overlying research question for the study was how teachers who were born outside the digital age describe technology as it related to blended learning. The underlying research questions were how do teachers describe professional development that focusses on technology and blended learning, and how do teachers describe the use of blended learning in their classroom? The sample included secondary teachers who were born outside of the digital age who taught in an urban school district. Data collection was done in three parts: an online questionnaire, semistructured interviews, and filed notes. The results of this study described how teachers who were born outside of the digital age use technology with their classes, and how professional development has influenced the implementation of blended learning in their classes. Recommendations for future practice with professional development are presented.

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