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ERIC Number: EJ889963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0885-7288
Effects of a 21st-Century Curriculum on Students' Information Technology and Transition Skills
Izzo, Margo Vreeburg; Yurick, Amanda; Nagaraja, Haikady N.; Novak, Jeanne A.
Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, v33 n2 p95-105 Aug 2010
A pretest-posttest control group experimental design was used to evaluate the effectiveness of EnvisionIT, a 10-unit web-based curriculum designed to teach secondary students information technology (IT) skills in the context of transition-planning activities. Fifteen high schools were stratified by socioeconomic status and randomly assigned to the EnvisionIT experimental condition or a control condition in which students received traditional instruction. Pre- and posttest data for 287 students--119 (41%) of whom had disabilities--were analyzed using hierarchical linear modeling. Findings indicated that students in the experimental group made significantly greater gains in IT literacy than students in the control group. Students in the experimental group also showed greater gains in several transition skills, including goal setting, knowledge of how to find jobs, and information about college. Results support the conclusion that the EnvisionIT curriculum produces improvements in students' acquisition of the 21st-century skills needed for success in today's high tech world. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio