PROMOTING DATABASES TO TEACHERS
Brewer, Nikki L.
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The purpose of this study was to discover the impact of professional development on teachers’ attitudes regarding the use of databases. For this particular study, a baseline survey was administered to six teacher volunteers within a single suburban middle school that asked each participant about his or her exposure to and use of databases personally, academically, and as educators. Following the data analysis of the baseline survey, three separate interventions were put into action over a three-week period including introductory or refresher courses on databases, researching participants’ topics, and demonstrating district, local, and regional database access, resources, and tools. Following the final intervention, the six teachers were given a post-intervention survey where they were asked similar questions about databases. The results indicate that the interventions positively affected the participants’ knowledge and abilities to integrate databases into their teaching.