ERIC Number: ED445241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Inmate Perspectives on Classroom Technology. Practitioner Research Briefs, 1999-2000 Report Series.
An adult educator at an all-male maximum-security correctional center in Virginia conducted a research project to learn her students' attitudes toward the computers that had recently been introduced in their classroom. She used the following data collection tools and activities: a nine-question survey that was administered to the students in all four periods that she taught; opinion essays that students wrote on technology uses in the classroom; one-on-one interviews with five students with differing attitudes toward computers; interviews with one academic instructor and one vocational instructor at the correctional center; and a journal in which she noted her observations of the students for 2 months. Most students liked the computers because they made learning easy, provided instant feedback, and allowed students to experience the joy of independent learning and build bridges to the future. Although most students enjoyed using computers, they also felt limited because they had to use "canned" programs and because security restrictions made it impossible for them to use the Internet. Many students also requested more training on computers to increase their comfort with the machines. The teacher has since developed personalized goal sheets to give students who opt to use computers more direction in doing so. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Action Research, Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Computer Uses in Education, Correctional Education, Educational Technology, High School Equivalency Programs, Prisoners, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Researchers, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.vcu.edu/aelweb/Tina_Spradling.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Virginia Association of Adult and Continuing Education, Charlottesville.
Authoring Institution: Arlington Public Schools, VA. Virginia Adult Education Research Network.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests