The presence and usage of computer technology and the Internet in the classroom: An examination of secondary school students' and teachers' attitudes
Long Gwo Chen, The Claremont Graduate University, United States
The Claremont Graduate University . Awarded
This study gauges secondary school students' and teachers' attitudes on the presence and usage of computer technology and the Internet as instructional (teachers) and learning (students) tools in the classroom. Quantitative survey questionnaires and qualitative interviews are employed as research instruments in this mixed methods study. There are 6 research questions for the student sample, 3 of which are: (1) Student Use of Computers and Internet for Information Gathering, (2) Student Use of Computers and Internet to Produce Work for School, and (3) Student Attitudes on Computers as Distractions in the Classroom. There are 6 research questions for the teacher sample, 3 of which included: (1) Teacher Attitudes Towards Help They Receive in Integrating and Implementing Computer Technology and the Internet into Their Instructional Practices, (2) Teacher Attitudes Towards Computers and Internet Implementation in Their Classrooms, and (3) Teacher Attitudes Towards Student Use of Computers and the Internet in the Classroom.
The sample size for the quantitative portion (Survey Questionnaire) contained 451 student participants and 37 teacher participants from 2 comprehensive public high schools in the southern California area averaging about 2700 students. The resulting data were triangulated with the qualitative portion (Interview), which had 6 student and 6 teacher participants.
Conclusions were: (1) positive attitudes of both students and teachers have led to an increased demand for more computer-based technologies. (2) However, positive attitude does not show that positive attitudes lead to higher usage of classroom technologies; a lack of access was found to be a primary reason. (3) There is still an ambivalent attitude by both students and teachers towards the usage of computer technology and the Internet as both an instructional and a learning tool.
Chen, L.G. The presence and usage of computer technology and the Internet in the classroom: An examination of secondary school students' and teachers' attitudes. Ph.D. thesis, The Claremont Graduate University.
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