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ERIC Number: ED517568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 114
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-4698-3
Using Internet Polling to Capture Students' Perspectives
Sindel-Arrington, Patricia
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Arizona State University
This study examines the use of Internet online polling at a suburban junior high school as a means for decision makers to systematically acquire student perceptions about local conditions of learning. Federal and state mandates result in curricular, instructional, evaluative, and organizational changes that affect students' conditions of learning. Such decisions are typically made without getting input from the students even though they are the most directly impacted. A principal from one excelling school located in a suburb in Arizona solicited seventh and eighth grade student opinions through an online polling process about three topics. The topics were Internet learning, time management, and tutoring. This study reports detailed student perceptions on these topics, the principal's description of data gathering processes, importance of students' perceptions, and school considerations for use of the findings. The school leader reported polling as an effective method for soliciting student views and she valued the input from student voices. A model for incorporating students' views into school improvement planning is proposed, which determines that having students use school computers is the most effective way to have students participate in online polling. Analyses of individual polling question responses on the aggregated student data (n = 271 for Internet learning; n = 221 for time management; n = 190 for tutoring) in each poll were conducted to determine relationships between the response and the variables of student gender, grade level, age, and ethnicity. The findings support the idea that gender is the most important consideration when implementing changes that affect conditions of student learning. The results also indicate that Internet polling is a viable method for soliciting students' views. [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: Grade 7; Grade 8; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona