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One-to-One Chromebooks: Instructional Tool Implementation and the Effects on Student Engagement
by Haselhorst, Crystal, Ed.D., McKendree University, 2017, 156; 10278485
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine if one-to-one Chromebook use has an effect on student engagement and how one-to-one Chromebooks are used as an instructional tool. Specifically, what are the perceptions of middle school administrators and middle school core content-area teachers on one-to-one Chromebook use as an instructional tool and the effects on student engagement? The researcher identified six schools in the St. Louis Metro area that have implemented one-to-one Chromebook initiatives in grades six through eight and used purposeful convenience sampling to choose six administrators and twenty teachers to participate in this study. This study was comprised of a phenomenological qualitative approach. There were three methods used in order to collect data: interviews, online surveys, and focus group discussions. The findings of this study are significant to any district who may be considering launching a one-to-one Chromebook program. Eight major themes emerged based on one-to-one Chromebook use in middle school core content-area classrooms: increased student engagement, increased collaboration among students, increased opportunities for off-task behavior, no change in student engagement, increased web-based opportunities and resources as valuable instructional tools, increased individualized instruction, technological difficulties, and increased student-led instruction. Through the themes that emerged, this study shows that by implementing Chromebooks one-to-one, there appears to be an increase in student engagement and there are multiple ways to use Chromebooks as an instructional tool.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Doll, Dr. Brenda
Commitee: Hope, Dr. Jennifer, Stewart, Dr. Kelly
School: McKendree University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 78/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle School education, Education, Educational technology
Keywords: Chromebooks, Instructional tool, Middle school, One-to-one, Student engagement, Technology
Publication Number: 10278485
ISBN: 978-0-355-08297-5
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