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Case Reports

Participating countries submitted 174 case reports of innovative pedagogical practice using technology. The case studies were based on interviews with administrators, teachers, students, and parents. They were also based on classroom observations and analyses of documents such as teacher lesson plans and student products. The data collection for the cases typically took several researchers one to two weeks and sometimes required two visits to the school.

The cases reports followed a common format. They started with a brief description of the situation and a summary of the innovation. The cases then described the school context. National and local policy contexts were also described. They described the curricular goals and how they may have changed, as a result of the innovation. The majority of the report discussed the teacher, student, and ICT practices. Outcomes were also described. But it is important to note that these were not measured directly. Rather, they were based on reports of administrators, teachers, students, and parents. The reports also discussed issues related to implementation problems, the sustainability, and transferability of the innovations.

Because there were so many cases to be read and analyzed in the international study, they were limited to approximately 10 pages in length. So the reports submitted for the international study sometimes lacked the level of detail that would be included in studies of only one or a small number of cases.

Coding of Cases

The ICC read each of the cases and used a coding scheme to characterize each case. The codes were used in the initial cross-case analysis and as a way to select cases for further analysis. The final report of the project contains a full description of the codes and the analyses and results. We use these codes here as a way for you to search for different kinds of cases that might interest you.

Certain clusters of cases emerged in the cross-case analysis, based on similar teacher, student, and technology practices. These clusters are described in detail in Chapter 3 of the final report. In the advanced searches, we include the option of allowing you to search based on membership in these clusters.

Search of Cases

We provide you with several alternatives to access the cases:

Basic Search. This allows us to select cases using a minimum set of codes or choices relating to level of school grade, subject area, etc.

Advanced Search: Or/And. This gives you the full set of codes used by the ICC to characterize the cases. The results of this search will give you cases that include any of the choices picked within items (Or) and that include one or more choices for all of the items selected (And).

Advance Search: And/And. This gives you the full set of codes used by the ICC to characterize the cases. The results of this search will give you cases that include all of the choices picked within items (And) for all of the items selected (And).

Case ID. This will allow you to call up a specific case if you know the ID, based on a reference to the case in the final report.

Results of the Search

As a result of the search you will get a list of the cases that meet your selection criteria. If your criteria are too broad, you will get a list of all the cases. If they are too narrow, you may not get any cases that meet your criteria. Adjust your criteria accordingly.

For each case returned, you will get a listing of the criteria that the case meets and a brief abstract of the case report. For the large majority of the cases, you will also be able to down load a PDF file of the entire case report. In a few of situations, we could not include the report, either because we did not get permission from the countries to make the cases public or because the translation of the case into English was acceptable enough for research purposes but not acceptable enough to make it public.

For More Information

Dr. Robert Kozma,
Study Coordinator
Robert.Kozma@sri.com

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