We believe in the power of research to ground and inform our work. Here are two reports where we explored coaching as a tool to close the Digital Use Gap.
Early research studies point to the positive impact of educator coaching on teacher practices and student achievement. While researchers have separately explored the effectiveness of coaching and of technology use in education, specific research on the impact of instructional coaching on powerful technology use is scarce. We will explore this topic through a research project as part of the coaching fellowship.
From the existing research (Medrich & Charner, 2017; Knight, 2007; Christenson & Sheridan, 2001), we’ve identified the following elements of effective coaching:
These elements give us a starting point for understanding the necessary conditions for creating and sustaining quality coaching. Our research will move beyond this framework to explore the potential of coaching for fostering powerful uses of technology in teaching and learning.
Read more about these findings in our literature review, Exploring Coaching for Powerful Technology Use in Education.
Our research project aims to examine and explore factors and dynamics that make coaching more effective for fostering powerful use of technology for instruction.
We’ll utilize a mixed-methods research design to understand the conditions necessary for coaching to effectively foster powerful use of technology for instruction.
We will collect survey data – from principals, coaches, teachers, and students – throughout implementation of the coaching fellowship to understand these stakeholders’ perceptions, values, skills, and behaviors related to both coaching and to powerful technology use.
For a more complete picture of the conditions influencing the effectiveness of coaching, we’ll also conduct case studies in several participating schools. Through classroom observations, interviews, and focus groups, we will explore how the context of individual school sites impacts how technology coaching works in practice.
We’re committed to learning more about the connection between coaching and powerful technology use through this project, and look forward to sharing our findings broadly!