After reflecting over this course, I learned that research plays a critical role in the daily pedagogical strategies I choose, how I assess my students, and even allowed me to gain a greater understanding about how every student learns. Completing this Capstone research on Identifying Teacher Perception on the School wide Implementation of Blending Learning in an Alternative School, afforded me the opportunity to take time and explore the research literature on Blended Learning. I took on an authentic research problem in occurring in schools today, and attempted to explore why this problem exist. In doing so I collected qualitative data to support my findings, analyzed data and coded the findings to generate themes. This not only strengthens my skills as an educational researcher, but also empowered me to grow professionally as a teacher and soon to be technology coach. I feel that I have acquired the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to answer any research questions posed and they can be answered not just by my own factual knowledge, but also by using investigative research skills to obtain the answer or to seek a general understanding of why the phenomenon is occurring.
Furthermore, this course will help me grow as a technology leader, because I have gained the research literacy skills educators need to know, do, and understand. To employ research-based instructional strategies effectively in the classroom is possible. Not only are some educational decisions made in schools daily, but most may or may not be backed by research, so understanding this process can be pivotal in our school as technology coaches. Instructional coaches will be on the front lines of communicating with the principal and other colleagues on what works best and have the data and expertise to back it up with supportive research.
At this point in the program, I feel that I have made tremendous growth. I know that I am more capable of doing things I never thought I imagined, especially when it came to graduate research. In my personal development, I want to focus more on leadership opportunities beyond the four walls of my classroom and school in the future. I want to become more involved at the district level with advising in technology or science education. To be a Specialist of Education is a great journey so far, and I look forward to sharing all of the knowledge I have gain even well beyond graduation.