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ERIC Number: ED401888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 68
Abstractor: N/A
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Effectively Using Technology To Develop Independent Research Topics by Middle School Language Arts Students.
Carper, Leona Jayne
This practicum was designed to increase the effective use of technology by language arts students in middle schools involved in independent research activities. Technology was made available to students in the classroom and in the library to use as a resource to investigate and research topics. Seventh grade students (n=57) were given instruction in Boolean searching techniques to use the library's computerized card catalog system and the Internet located in the classroom, and in how to develop a research topic and why following a specific research sequence is desirable. Analysis of the data revealed that students involved in selecting their own research topics met with success. Students were enthusiastic and anxious to use technology to locate sources and material for their ideas. Students were more apt to spend time in the research process gathering information when they were involved in their own topics. Having a clear direction and understanding on how to access information enhanced students' assignments and projects. Recommendations for other educators for establishing systems for students to become managers of their time, independent researchers, and literate technology users are provided. Appendices include student questionnaires; technology usage sign-up sheets; rubric; parent letter; research pamphlet; Boolean handouts; and an online service conduct and ethics statement. (Contains 17 references.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A