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ERIC Number: ED569063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 149
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-8780-2
Tenth Grade Students' Time Using a Computer as a Predictor of the Highest Level of Education Attempted
Gaffey, Adam John
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of West Florida
As computing technology continued to grow in the lives of secondary students from 2002 to 2006, researchers failed to identify the influence using computers would have on the highest level of education students attempted. During the early part of the century schools moved towards increasing the usage of computers. Numerous stakeholders were unsure of how the increase in computer time would influence the learning of secondary students. While some researchers encouraged increasing computer time, others suggested limiting the amount of time high school students were spending on computers. This study used data from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 to evaluate the time 10th grade students were using computers in 2002 and explored a correlation between computer usage and the highest level of education attempted in 2006 by the same students. The researcher evaluated hours per day and times per week. The researcher evaluated the type of computer usage the students engaged in. The type of computer usage was broken into home and school categories. The categories were further refined to distinguish between academic and recreational computer usage. The findings revealed that a strong correlation existed between the amount of time students in 2002 spent on a computer and the highest level of education attempted by 2006. Students with little to no time on a computer each day were more likely to have never attended a postsecondary institution compared to students who had some time on the computer each day. However, the benefits of computer usage reduced quickly as the hours each day of computer usage increased past certain levels. The results of this study provided valuable insight into the effect the amount of time students spent on a computer had on the highest level of education attempted. Any stakeholder in the education of a secondary student could find the results of this study valuable in the decision making process of evaluating the computer needs of secondary students. [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: Secondary Education; Grade 10; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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