Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Children's Internet Protection Act and E-Rate Policies in Louisiana: A Comparison of Policy Interpretations in Region III and Their Impact on Learning Opportunities of Secondary Students
by Gautreaux, Madge L., D.Ed., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2013, 168; 3615288
Abstract (Summary)

In 2000, President Bill Clinton enacted the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) which requires all K-12 schools and publicly funded libraries to use Internet filters to protect children from pornography and other obscene or potentially harmful online content as a stipulation for receiving E-Rate funding. The varying interpretations of CIPA and E-Rate guidelines may impact the learning opportunities of secondary students.

The purpose of this study was to examine the interpretations of federal policy (CIPA), state policy (La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:100.7), and district policy on E-Rate funding as related to Internet filtering and secondary student learning opportunities in Region III school districts in Louisiana. The works of Heins (2001, 2003, 2006), Cho (2001, 2003, 2006), Feldman (2006), and Willard (2000, 2003), leading researchers in the fields of Internet safety and Internet filtering, were reviewed so that the issues surrounding Internet filtering and opportunities for student learning could be better understood.

Using a mixed methods research approach, the researcher explored state interpretations of theChildren's Internet Protection Act through examining Louisiana's PreK-12 Educational Technology Standards. Through interviews and administration of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) survey on Internet filtering, district interpretations were solicited. Following survey administration, the researcher led two focus groups to solicit perceptions of district technology personnel and secondary teachers on the impact of Internet filtering on student learning opportunities at the secondary level. Follow-up interviews were also conducted to garner further information on policy interpretations and perceptions. Findings from this study shall serve as a resource for participating districts to ensure maximum opportunities for all students to learn in the 21st century.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Olivier, Dianne F.
Commitee: Dick, Steven J., Fegenbush, Buffy M., Mense, Evan G.
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 75/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Secondary education, Public policy, Web Studies, Educational technology
Keywords: CIPA, Children’s Internet Protection Act, E-rate, High school, Internet, Learning opportunities, Louisiana, Policy interpretation
Publication Number: 3615288
ISBN: 9781303811852
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