Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceptions on the Effectiveness of iPad Intergration in Vocational College Classrooms: A Mixed-Methods Study
by Reed, Robert A., Ph.D., Northwest Nazarene University, 2017, 168; 10284141
Abstract (Summary)

As technology continues to change, educators are tasked with the challenge of creating better methods to teach their students and help them learn. In the 21st century classroom, there is often a technology gap between instructors and their techno-savvy student counterparts. The purpose of this study was to utilize Prensky’s assumptions of digital immigrants and digital natives to compare the perceptions between faculty and students regarding the use of iPads in vocational college classrooms. A survey was distributed to students and faculty at seven vocational colleges located in the western United States who have integrated iPads into their course curriculum. Both open-ended and close-ended questions were used to measure the perceptions between faculty and students on how effectively iPads are being used for instructional purposes. This study used a mixed-methods approach to gather data and add to the growing body of literature in this area of education. According to the results of the Mann Whitney U test, there was a statistically significant difference between faculty and student perceptions regarding iPad effectiveness and engagement. Compared to faculty, students believed iPads were more effective and better for engagement purposes in the classroom. Moreover, these conclusions were corroborated with findings from four open-ended questions used in the survey. Results from this study were useful for creating M-learning faculty training topics in vocational colleges that either use or plan to integrate M-learning devices within their institutions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Slemmer, Duane
Commitee: Dunlap, Martin, Prouty, Cynthia
School: Northwest Nazarene University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Idaho
Source: DAI-A 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational technology, Vocational education
Keywords: Digital immigrants, Digital natives, M-learning, Mobile learning, Vocational colleges, iPad
Publication Number: 10284141
ISBN: 978-1-369-78688-0
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