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ERIC Number: ED569622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 142
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3039-3365-3
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Effect of a Laptop Initiative on Middle School Mathematics Achievement
Lambert, Edna Earl White
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
In the wake of No Child Left Behind, schools continue to be evaluated according to standardized test results. Researchers suggest that technology can assist students with development and school achievement. While laptop initiative (LI) technology was being implemented by South Carolina districts in the middle schools classrooms, educational administrators were not aware of how or to what extent the instructional use of this technology was affecting student achievement, or specifically, student performance on the South Carolina Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test (PACT). The purpose of this study was to determine whether there was a difference in 6th grade mathematics achievement, as measured by the PACT, based on participation in an LI program. Guiding this study was Bruner's theory of cognitive and constructive learning theories, which posit that the improved learning of students in the technology-centered classrooms is derived from technology as a cognitive tool to promote student learning. Test scores were analyzed using an independent sample t test and analysis of covariance. The results of the study revealed a statistical difference in achievement between students who used LI and students who did not in the 6th grade mathematics classes. This study's findings may lead to schools using a learning model that emphasizes learning "with" technology as opposed to learning "through" technology model, with concentration on high immersion. Social change resulting from this study may include restructuring traditional classrooms to empower students to learn creatively and adapt to change. In addition, the findings may serve as a catalyst for researchers to use modern technology such as tablets and phones to improve student achievement. [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: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina