ERIC Number: ED417978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
A Case Study of Attitudinal Effects of Internet Use in a Middle School Integrated Science Curriculum.
O'Hara, Susan P.
This study seeks to observe and record the impact of the Internet as an educational tool on fifth grade students' (N=95) attitudes towards and behavior while interacting with this technology. The students attend a rural elementary school that is part of a study to implement a community-based, technology-enhanced, integrated curriculum. Working in pairs in a computer lab, students answered questions on worksheets pertaining to each web site they explored on a guided tour. Observation of student behavior was conducted using field notes and a video camera. Analysis indicates that students appear to become increasingly stimulated as they progress through the exploration. Students also completed a survey at the end of the school year that measures attitudes toward the activity. Results indicate that regardless of the students' level of experience, no signs of intimidation by the technology are observed and some students seem further empowered to use the technology. (Author/DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (71st, San Diego, CA, April 19-22, 1998). This study was funded in part by a grant from the Texaco Foundation.