Education is fundamentally relational, and the student-teacher relationship is central to student learning. However, high-enrollment classrooms, now common on college campuses, limit student-faculty interaction and opportunities for relationship building. “Clickers” facilitate communication in large classes, but there is a lack of research on the potential relational functions of this technology. This study addresses this gap in the literature by asking: How might the use of clickers in the classroom contribute to the student-teacher relationship? Employing a mixed-method descriptive research design, I created and analyzed three data sets to respond to this question: I observed 3 large clicker-based classes, surveyed students to explore their perceptions of clicker use and student-teacher relational dimensions, and I interviewed a subset of students for assistance interpreting the results. Data analyses resulted in four general findings: clickers can be used for multiple purposes and ends; clickers facilitate aspects of the student-teacher pedagogical relationship; clicker communication is not perceived as comprising a student-teacher relationship; and clickers are viewed as a tool for collective rather than individual communication and dialogue. Clickers may have value as relational tools, as they facilitate some aspects of the student-teacher relationship. The frame of the technology may explain why only some relational dimensions are facilitated, and not others. More research is needed to explore how clickers and other educational technologies may facilitate the student-teacher relationship.
|Commitee:||Hudak, Glenn M., Shapiro, Svi, Villaverde, Leila|
|School:||The University of North Carolina at Greensboro|
|Department:||Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Pedagogy, Educational technology, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Clickers, Large class size, Sociocultural theory, Student-teacher relationship|
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