Chad Frerichs

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Leneway

Second Advisor

Dr. Howard Poole

Third Advisor

Dr. Tracy DuBay

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Many studies have been done on the different styles of professional staff development for teachers and administrators in the area of technology and its integration into the classroom. One element has been consistently ignored in recent studies, the amount of money being spent on staff development.

This research attempted to uncover the relationship between expenditures on staff development activities for educational technology and the extent of technology integration occurring in K-12 schools. With shrinking budgets throughout the education system in this country, an answer is needed. As Butler says in her review of the research, "Further studies of this type are needed to support what is generally believed to be true: staff development can and does have impact on student performance." ( 2001)