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ERIC Number: ED546428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 183
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2676-5569-1
Instructional Technology and the Post-Test Results of College Learners
Pagan-Melendez, Juan
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Phoenix
The problem in the present quasi-experimental research design was the poor English communication skills of college students enrolled in first-year English as a second language (ESL) courses in Puerto Rico. The purpose of this quantitative study was to compare learning outcomes between a first-year English as a second class taught with the PowerPoint software application and a similar first-year ESL class taught with a traditional instructional approach and materials. The location of the study was the American University of Puerto Rico (AUPR). The results of an attitudinal questionnaire administered at the end of the research period revealed that learners' perceptions regarding the engagement ability and clarity of instruction delivered with the PowerPoint presentation software had improved. The results of a two-tailed ANOVA showed that learning outcomes were not statistically different between the PowerPoint technology group and a control group. However, the mean score was slightly higher in the PowerPoint group, thus making the results promising for the PowerPoint presentation software application. Testing also showed that learning outcomes by learning styles and gender between and within the experimental and control groups were not statistically different. Recommendations include more research encompassing a longer treatment period as well as more research evaluating the influence of PowerPoint and other technologies on the learning styles. Research into the effectiveness of an integrated instructional technology approach imparts educational leaders with information related to successful strategies employed to meet the needs of students enrolled at the American University of Puerto Rico. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico