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A Mixed Methods Research Study Exploring the Perceptions of High School Students Regarding the Online and Face-to-face Instructional Delivery Modes and Discussion Forums Used in English Classes in a High School With a Ubiquitous Laptop Program
by Swope Butler, Melissa Anne, Ed.D., Neumann University, 2012, 221; 10146796
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this mixed methods research study was to explore the perceptions of the participants regarding their experiences in the online and face-to-face delivery modes of instruction, the perceptions of the participants regarding their experiences using discussion forums, and whether the online and face-to-face delivery modes of instruction impact the participants' achievement of domain knowledge in a high school English class. Participants were students in English classes in a suburban public high school. The data included focus group interviews, an online survey with Likert-type and open-ended questions, pretest and posttest reading assessment data, and Individual Reading Skill Assessment data. The results support research that shows a connection between positive student perceptions and student achievement. The results of this study also support research that shows that the use of technology can produce "gains in student achievement that are inconsistent and sometimes contradictory" (The Abell Foundation, 2008, p. 17). Participants perceived discussion forums more favorably than the online delivery mode of instruction, but, overall perceived discussion forums and the online delivery mode of instruction as more neutral than positive. Results showed that participants viewed discussion forums as an effective communication tool, but not always assistive to their learning. The results of this study support the use of the blended learning model, a "pedagogical approach that combines the effectiveness and socialization opportunities of the classroom with the technologically enhanced active learning possibilities of online learning" (Dzubian, Hartman, & Moskal, 2004, p. 3).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wright, Cecilia
Commitee: Feil, Mark, Vassallo, Rina F.
School: Neumann University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 77/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Language arts, Secondary education, Educational technology
Keywords: Discussion forums, High school English, Laptops, Online delivery mode
Publication Number: 10146796
ISBN: 978-1-369-02095-3
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