There’s another “Doctor” in the house!
Julie Mueller successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled, “Computer Integration in Elementary and Secondary Schools: Variables Influencing Educators”, on January 23, 2009. Julie is now officially Dr. Mueller and will graduate on June 3 this year, only hours after marching with the Bachelor of Education graduates in the morning! The challenging process of completing a doctorate while beginning a faculty position in a brand new program was exciting and exhausting. Julie’s family, fellow faculty, and supportive students were instrumental in completion of this journey. Dr. Mueller wishes to thank all of those involved in the project including her faculty advisor, Dr. Eileen Wood and her committee members; the Computers Across the Curriculum Committee and teachers at WRDSB; the members of the Faculty of Education at WLU; and the Teacher Education Candidates at WLU (especially the Waterloo South Cohort—you know who you are!).
Dr. Mueller has published the first study from her dissertation in Computers & Education, Volume 51 and presented a summary of the qualitative results at the annual conference of the Society for Technology and Teacher Education in South Carolina in March. The key findings, that indicate teacher learning style and experience with computers in the context of the classroom are important predictors of integration level, have implications for professional development and policy around technology integration. Dr. Mueller is currently working with an elementary school that is integrating laptop computers in their writing program and developing grants for long term study of successful computer integration for teacher education and student learning.
Education is the door to opportunity…