Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Raymond Ziebarth


Technology and staff developments in education are important issues in today's educational systems. To help staff be better prepared for the technological age, the Papillion-La Vista School District has integrated Technology Assistance Teams (TAT teams) to help provide technology support for teachers within their buildings. These teams are comprised of 8-12 members depending on size. This study was conducted to evaluate if TAT teams are beneficial to the staff at their individual schools in the area of computer-related technology. The research hypothesis for the study states: According to teacher perceptions, Technology Assistance Teams help facilitate technology staff development in the Papillion-La Vista School District. The research hypothesis was further broken down into five research questions. A one page, 40 item questionnaire was created and distributed to all certified teachers in the district during regularly scheduled staff meetings. The questionnaire was completed on a voluntary, anonymous basis. Items on the questionnaire were clustered around the five research questions, each of which examined a specific aspect of teacher technology use and TAT activities. Responses were examined from a district-wide perspective, an elementary non-TAT member perspective, and a secondary non-TAT member perspective. In general, the results showed little difference between these three perspectives.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Teacher Education and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Julie Rae Duerfeldt August, 1998.

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