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ERIC Number: ED455792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Diffusion of the Internet within a Graduate School.
Sherry, Lorraine
This paper reports the results of a five-year case study of the use of online tools: Internet, e-mail, and the World Wide Web, within a Graduate School of Education. The conceptual framework was independently developed, but because of the striking parallel with activity theory, activity theory became the overall framework for interpreting findings. Ten research questions were investigated using multiple surveys; interviews of faculty, staff, and students; a focus group; and an analysis of electronic artifacts. Principle findings include the following: self-efficacy x perceived value persisted across time and across programs as success facilitators; personal/cultural compatibility, rather than time, separated earlier from later adopters; "Finding a voice and having something to say," a factor identified under various names by other researchers, posed a barrier for students and faculty alike; users valued personal scaffolding but had individual preferences concerning specific types of scaffolding. (Contains 19 references, 4 tables, and 1 figure.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: In: Annual Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Papers Presented at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (23rd, Denver, CO, October 25-28, 2000). Volumes 1-2; see IR 020 712.