Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Date of Award

Fall 2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership (Ed.D)


Teacher Leadership for Learning

First Advisor

Dr. Jo Williamson

Second Advisor

Dr. Angela Blaver

Third Advisor

Dr. Traci Redish


The purpose of this eight week mixed methods study was to understand the effects of peer coaching on teacher’s comfort, instructional practices, and the culminating impact on student achievement. Through collaborative lesson planning, teachers learned how to improve student learning with technology. The data revealed that though change in comfort was only approaching significance, teachers’ personal statements demonstrated improved comfort. Similarly, change in practices with technology was found to be non-significant; however, observations and interviews indicated that teachers did indeed initiate changes in their instructional practices with technology. Student technology literacy scores also improved significantly from pre- to post-assessment. The researcher concluded that this model of peer coaching may offer educators a costeffective, sustainable approach to improving technology integration practices.