ERIC Number: EJ783497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug-9
Reference Count: 0
Laptop Initiative Impact: Assessed Using Student, Parent and Teacher Data
Murphy, Diane M.; King, Frederick B.; Brown, Scott W.
Computers in the Schools, v24 n1-2 p57-73 Aug 2007
Several university researchers were invited to assist in the implementation and study of a Laptop Initiative for high school students. This initiative provided laptop computers for 247 students and 24 teachers who were grouped into ninth grade learning clusters at three schools. The research on the program's impact focused on student, teacher, and parent knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to the technology. In an effort to measure the impact of the technology integration, an affective instrument to measure knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors (KABs) with regard to technology skills was developed. A pre- and post-survey was administered to parents, teachers, and students. The instrument contained both Likert-scale questions and open-ended questions. Quantitative and qualitative data analyses revealed a number of significant differences between the schools and among the teachers, parents, and students. These quantitative results were supported by the qualitative findings.
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Computers, Educational Technology, Grade 9, Computer Uses in Education, High School Students, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Surveys, Likert Scales, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools; Higher Education
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