ERIC Number: ED475477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Technology Integration in an Elementary Science Classroom: Its Impact on Teaching and Learning.
The purpose of this study was to explore the following questions: (a) what practice, if any, develops in the elementary science classroom to nurture development of technology as an imaginative extension of the learning environment; (b) how does an elementary teacher's practice change as technology is integrated into the science curriculum, how do the students' practices change, and how do these changes impact each other; and (c) what are "powerful uses" of technology that may emerge in the elementary science classroom, what structures should be in place to support their development? To answer these questions, sustained time was spent in a 4th/5th grade classroom as a participant researcher as the class investigated the topics of the solar system and space exploration. Data gathered included pre- and post-surveys of the teacher and students, audiotaped interviews with the students and teacher, focused observation, and selective videotaping of events in the classroom. It is concluded that classroom instruction and learning were enriched through the integration of computers in support of the science curriculum. (Author/KHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Philadelphia, PA, March 23-26, 2003).