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ERIC Number: ED361770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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When Novelty Isn't Enough: A Case Study of Students' Reactions to Technology in the Classroom Environment.
Hayward, Pamela A.
To study the extent to which environment affects or controls learning and communication, an exploratory case study examined the effects of a "novel" classroom environment on student and teacher interaction within the classroom. Freshman students in a traditional expository writing and speaking course at a large midwestern university met in a computer lab where they sat in office-style swivel chairs, each at a terminal. Classroom observations revealed a number of problems which included: (1) the terminals prevented interaction across tables; (2) the terminals presented obstacles during speeches--speakers had to "skip" over the computer to have eye contact; (3) the view of the instructor was hindered; and (4) the office-style swivel chairs made a distracting, squeaking noise. A survey which was administered to all 16 students present during the last observation revealed the majority (94%) found the facility to be moderately adequate to very poor, and 31% felt the presence of computer equipment distracted from the quality of their work, while 25% felt it barely distracted at all. Educators need to take a close look at what is happening in their classrooms due to the physical surroundings. (Author/NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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