ERIC Number: ED367292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation into Students' Perceptions of the Learning Environment Provided by Hypermedia Tools in an Interdisciplinary High School Course of Studies.
Smith, Irene Elizabeth
This doctoral dissertation reports on a study that investigated the hypermedia learning environment from the perspective of high school students learning about U.S. culture. Qualitative methods were used to determine student perceptions about learning with hypermedia tools. Data were collected from daily observations, interviews, student products, formal and informal discussions, and questionnaires. This daily, 5-month investigation produced data which were subsequently used to analyze student perceptions. The data were classified into a number of categories and the analysis was cross checked. The study concluded that there are a number of student perceptions that are supportive of the use of a hypermedia learning environment. Students indicated that the nature of hypermedia products promoted a feeling of empowerment. Students became experts on certain topics and shared their expertise. The freedom of choice and opportunity to be creative promoted considerable motivation. Hypermedia documents were viewed by students as much more public than traditional work. Producing a hypermedia document promoted understanding at a deeper level than using a traditional assignment. Teachers in this program concurred that learning was enhanced and all participants in the program indicated the use of a hypermedia learning environment to be advantageous. Copies of the questionnaires used are appended. (Contains 96 references.) (Author/TMK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Creativity, Cultural Education, Educational Environment, Educational Environment, High School Students, High Schools, Hypermedia, Interviews, Learning Motivation, Observation, Perception, Perception Tests, Qualitative Research, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Student Reaction, Teacher Attitudes
International Society for Technology in Education, 1787 Agate St., Eugene, OR 97403-1923.
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Society for Technology in Education, Eugene, OR.