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ERIC Number: EJ1002161
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6434
Are Handheld Computers Dependable? A New Data Collection System for Classroom-Based Observations
Adiguzel, Tufan; Vannest, Kimberly J.; Parker, Richard I.
Journal of Special Education Technology, v24 n4 p31-46 2009
Very little research exists on the dependability of handheld computers used in public school classrooms. This study addresses four dependability criteria--reliability, maintainability, availability, and safety--to evaluate a data collection tool on a handheld computer. Data were collected from five sources: (1) time-use estimations by 19 special education teachers using handheld computers, (2) observations of time use from eight external data collectors, (3) teacher interviews, (4) technical reports, and (5) teacher satisfaction surveys. Results indicate that this data collection tool satisfied all four dependability criteria. The study also confirms that dependable handheld computers can replace paper-based data collection in educational settings. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas