"Effective Teaching in the Digital Classroom: A Mixed-Method Study of Middle School English Language Arts Classes"
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting
Theme: Leveraging Educational Research in a “Post-Truth” Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence
April 5-9, 2019
Title: Effective Teaching in the Digital Classroom: A Mixed-Method Study of Middle School English Language Arts Classes (Poster)
Session: Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and Learning
Authors: Ying Xu, Yenda Prado, Penelope Collins, George Farkas, Mark Warschauer
Abstract: As one-to-one classrooms become prevalent in the U.S., a deeper understanding of effective classroom practices becomes increasingly critical to promoting student learning and achievement. This mixed-methods study uses multiple data sources (i.e., classroom observations, teacher interview, standardized assessment scores) to investigate classroom practices that support student literacy development within the context of a district-wide technology-based intervention. The quantitative findings highlight the importance of teachers’ use of modeling in promoting student learning. The subsequent qualitative analysis further uncovers that use of modeling served as a form of sociocognitive apprenticeship that made visible the structures and conventions needed to successfully engage in literacy activities. This study adds to the growing literature on the nature of effective pedagogy with a digital environment.