Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Education

First Advisor

Ann Monroe

Second Advisor

Sara Platt

Third Advisor

Susan McClelland

Relational Format

Dissertation/Thesis

Abstract

In this thesis, I examine K-12 teachers’ perceptions and use of open educational resources (OER) in Mississippi. I used a mixed methods approach to collect data from current teachers at one Mississippi school district. I conducted interviews with, observed, and surveyed 34 teachers at this district. I coded and analyzed the data to draw conclusions. I found that teachers were using OER as supplemental materials in this district, even if they did not know the term OER. Additionally, teachers generally found OER increased flexibility and student engagement in the classroom, especially when paired with technology, but saw several challenges to further adoption of OER. Based on these findings, this study concludes that more teacher training in how to use, find, and adapt OER and the creation of a curated OER bank could be useful for K-12 schools in Mississippi.

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