ERIC Number: ED428756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Internet: Act 1--Scenes from Tennessee Classrooms.
Kusimo, Patricia S.; Carter, Carolyn; Keyes, Marian
In 1996, the Tennessee Department of Education collaborated with Appalachia Educational Laboratory to conduct research on the use of the Internet as a tool for instruction in Tennessee K-12 schools, focusing on ways in which experienced teachers use the Internet to enhance students' intellectual development. This study explored the following questions: Can the Internet become a part of meaningful instruction? What sorts of professional development activities support use of the Internet as a part of meaningful instruction? and, under what conditions may the Internet be an effective tool for improving student achievement? The methodology was organized around three integrated phases--planning, site-based observations and interviews, and analysis. Participants consisted of eight elementary school teachers in different geographical regions of Tennessee. Findings were analyzed related to three dimensions of Internet use: (1) resource acquisition, including accessing timely information and facilitating authentic learning tasks; (2) social interaction, including making connections with the world, learning through extended information networks, and interacting with local communities; and (3) intellectual inquiry, including improving student language/writing skills, energizing student learning, encouraging exploration, and promoting active learning. Teacher needs for effective Internet-based instruction were also examined, including improved Internet access, professional development, and appropriate assessment of engaged learning. The survey materials are appended. (AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Curriculum Development, Educational Resources, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Faculty Development, Instructional Development, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Interaction, Internet, Qualitative Research, State Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Technology Integration, Use Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee