ERIC Number: ED457849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
The Internet and Education: Findings of the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Lenhart, Amanda; Simon, Maya; Graziano, Mike
Research by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that teenagers use the Internet as an essential study aid outside the classroom and that the Internet increasingly has a place inside the classroom. Findings from a survey of 754 youths ages 12-17 conducted November and December 2000 include: 94% who have Internet access say they use the Internet for school research, and 78% say they believe the Internet helps them with schoolwork; 71% say that they used the Internet as the major source for their most recent major school project or report; 41% say they use e-mail and instant messaging to contact teachers or classmates about schoolwork; 34% have downloaded an online study aid; 18% say they know of someone who has used the Internet to cheat on a paper or test; 58% report using Web sites that have been set up specifically for their school or for a particular class; and 17% have created a Web page for a school project. Findings from a survey of 754 of the parents of those youths are: 87% of parents of online teens believe that the Internet helps students with their schoolwork, and 93% believe the Internet helps students learn new things; 55% say the Internet has been a good thing for their children, 6% say it has been a bad thing, and 38% say the Internet has no effect one way or the other on their children; 55% say that it is essential for today's children to learn how to use the Internet in order to be successful, and another 40% believe it is important; and 28% of these parents have used e-mail to communicate with their children's teachers. Other education-related findings in the survey work of the Pew Internet Project include: 5% of adult Internet users have taken a class online for college credit (more than 5 million people); 53% have gone online to do research for school or job training, and on any given day, 8% are online doing research for school or job training; 52% have done job-related research online, and on a typical day, 16% are online doing job-related research; and about half of Internet users (more than 50 million people) have access to the Internet at work. Following the summary of findings, this report discusses major findings about the Internet in education and examines a sampling of the most popular homework help Web sites. (AEF)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Computer Uses in Education, Homework, Internet, School Surveys, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Projects, Student Research
Pew Internet & American Life Project, 1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-296-0019; Web site: http://www.pewinternet.org. For full text: http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/toc.asp?Report=39.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pew Internet and American Life Project, Washington, DC.