Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

James Dunne


As people increasingly use digital technology to communicate with others, social networks and Smartphone's are changing the ways people interact with each other and what they disclose about themselves. The purpose of this study is to examine teachers’ attitudes and beliefs regarding how digital technology affects adolescents’ copresence face-to-face social skills as they grow up in a digital world and its impact upon the academic setting. This research will utilize Q-technique, a scientific mixed methods interdisciplinary approach, which uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to identify viewpoints that are shared among teachers. Teachers’ points of view can be investigated using Q-technique as this technique preserves the meaning of participants as it reveals their perspectives via Q-sort. The demographic characteristics that will be examined are gender, professional teaching experience, educational degree, and technology experience. This study will analyze data from thirty to forty teachers in Nassau and Suffolk county school districts in New York. The results of this study may have contributions to curriculum development, teacher education, and policymaking.