ERIC Number: ED456831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Increasing the Integration of Technology into the Fourth-Grade Curriculum Using Teacher/Media Specialist Collaboration in Planning Student Research Activities.
This applied dissertation was designed to help fourth-grade teachers successfully integrate computer-related technology into the curriculum. The fourth-grade teachers did not incorporate student use of technologies into the curriculum-related activities or plan lessons collaboratively with the researcher. There was no correlation between classroom lessons and student use of media resources. The students had little training in any research skills. The author developed a combination of strategies to improve computer technology use in the curriculum with the fourth-grade teachers. These strategies included planning and teaching computer and research skills to the students, providing ongoing training for teachers at the workplace, collaborating with teachers to plan units of study, providing peer tutoring for teachers and students, and inviting community leaders and parents to share their knowledge and interest in technology. Teachers were encouraged to continue collaborative planning with the researcher so that computer technology would become a valuable tool for the school. An analysis of the data revealed that all of the outcomes set forth for this applied dissertation were met. The teachers learned how to use presentation software and electronic resources, and the students mastered all of the research skills taught. The most exciting and successful activities involved students in researching and gathering information in different formats as they learned about other countries. A culminating research project integrated all of the skills taught during the implementation period. Appended are student worksheets and evaluation checklists. (Contains 101 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Applied Ed.D. Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University. Some images may not reproduce well.