Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Tablet procurement within K12 educational environments: An analysis of the political influences, perceived device advantages, and hardware preferences
by White, James Alec, Ed.D., Ball State University, 2014, 99; 3619258
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine factors that may have influenced the decision to implement tablet technologies within classroom environments. These factors were grouped and limited to three distinct areas: social and political influences, perceived benefits of implementation, and influence of varying types of hardware, software and operating systems. Results indicate that if technology leaders felt external pressures to keep pace with technological advancements of other corporations, they were more likely to report pressures from the other social political factors being studied. Multiple perceived educational benefits were identified including improvement to classroom instruction, increased differentiation of instruction, enhanced collaboration, better communication and positive public responses. Hardware preferences were found to describe the characteristics found in the Apple line of products. Despite the identification of these perceived educational benefits, a majority of those responding felt that tablet devices did not impact student testing achievement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McKinney, Joseph R.
School: Ball State University
Department: Department of Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational technology
Keywords: Student achievement, Tablet computers, Technology adoption
Publication Number: 3619258
ISBN: 978-1-303-88075-9
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