This dissertation was a case study of student perceptions in two history classrooms in a large suburban high school. In each classroom examined for this study the teacher was committed to using social studies inquiry and mobile technology in their instruction. Students were also expected to complete assignments and conduct inquiry with mobile technology. The purpose of this study was to examine the voice and experiences of high school students, and how high school students construct meaning through inquiry and mobile technology in the social studies classroom. 109 students participated in observations, focus groups, personal interviews and submitted completed examples of inquiry with technology. There were four general themes uncovered in the data for this study. The four themes that generated the findings for this study are that students engaged in inquiry using mobile technology (a) embraced the availability of resources and information when planning and conducting inquiries (b) reflected on communication with teachers and peers during the inquiry process (c) expressed that mobile technology provided opportunities to engage in learning and enhance knowledge outside of prescribed assignments (d) and used various creative outlets of mobile technology to communicate outcomes.
|Advisor:||Henning, Mary Beth|
|Commitee:||Manderino, Michael, Shin, Eiukyung|
|School:||Northern Illinois University|
|Department:||Curriculum and Instruction|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Secondary education, Social studies education, Educational technology|
|Keywords:||Inquiry, Mobile technology, One to one, Secondary social studies, Social studies, Student voice|
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