This study examined the use of technology by eighth grade students and teachers and perceptions of students and teachers toward technology use in the classroom and home. A mixed design method was selected to collect and analyze the data. Face-to-face interviews, field notes, and national survey results were used to triangulate the data. Three themes emerged from the study in response to the research questions: communication is the focus of technology use, students consider themselves more knowledgeable about technology than teachers, and technology use in the classroom is primarily a visual tool, rather than an interactive resource. Implications for educators include ongoing professional development, use of technology outside of school, and removal of perceived barriers.
|Commitee:||Kopp, Kevin, Reid, Terry|
|School Location:||United States -- Missouri|
|Source:||DAI-A 72/04, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Interactive technology, Professional development, Technology adoption|
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