ERIC Number: ED458208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
The Utilization of Instructional Technology and Cooperative Learning To Effectively Enhance the Academic Success of Students with English-as-a-Second-Language.
Adkins-Bowling, Treana; Brown, Shandua; Mitchell, Teketa L.
This study examined whether utilizing technology in a cooperative learning environment would enhance the academic achievement of Hispanic students who had English as a second language (ESL). Surveys were administered to 30 elementary school teachers. The surveys examined the importance of using technology in the classroom, how the teachers have used technology to assist ESL students, which technological advances were the least and most effective, what technological training was offered to them, and additional comments regarding ESL students and technology. A total of 10 out of the 30 teachers completed the survey. Data analysis indicated that there was a great need for, and support for, using technology in the classroom to assist ESL students. Many teachers needed training because they lacked the technological skills to make this an efficient teaching method for them. Teachers noted a need to know what types of technologies were available for use in their individual classrooms so they could receive the most appropriate training. There appeared to be a shortage of public school funds to provide the necessary equipment and training to teachers and classrooms. Three appendixes include the study's cover letter, the questionnaire, and acknowledgments. (Contains 40 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), Hispanic American Students, Limited English Speaking, Second Language Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of Kappa Delta Pi (43rd, Orlando, FL, November 8-10, 2001).