Title page for ETD etd-040999-165754

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Matusevich, Melissa Nabbe
Author's Email Address melissa@bev.net
URN etd-040999-165754
Title Implementing Technology in a Fifth Grade Classroom: School and Home Perspectives
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Teaching and Learning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Harris, Larry A. Committee Co-Chair
Kelly, Patricia Proudfoot Committee Co-Chair
Niles, Jerome A. Committee Member
Parson, Stephen R. Committee Member
Wilder, Paula G. Committee Member
  • collaboration
  • constructivism
  • social interaction
  • self-directed learning
  • educational technology
  • classroom practice
Date of Defense 1999-03-22
Availability unrestricted
This descriptive case study investigated the effects of widespread availability of information technology in a fifth grade classroom using a constructivist paradigm. The same computer configuration that students used in the classroom was provided for them at home, along with an Internet dial-up connection. The technology was used as an adjunct to the classroom and was utilized when appropriate. In addition to general classroom observations, four students were chosen for closer study. Their progress was monitored throughout the year with respect to three emerging themes related to information technology use: self-directed learning, collaboration, and social interaction.

The results of this study were organized into individual student stories with each theme explored. The results showed that the students used the available technology both in the classroom and at home. There was a natural fit between the requirements of the fifth grade class and the available tools. Students chose to utilize the available technology and derived new ways of doing so, particularly at home where they were totally self-directed. For the students in this study, learning became a two-way process. Skills students developed on their own were shared with their teachers and other classmates.

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