A Teacher, Fifth Graders, a Researcher, and Computers: The Impact of Technology on Science Teaching and Learning
Kate Popejoy, Western Washington University/University of British Columbia, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-47-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This case study examines the following questions: a) how does computer technology impact teaching and learning in an elementary science classroom; b) how does an elementary teacher's practice change as technology is integrated into her curriculum and support is provided by the researcher; c) how can the impact of technology in science teaching and learning be assessed; and d) do students and teacher benefit from the use of technology? To answer these questions, the author has spent sustained time in a 4th/5th grade classroom as a participant researcher. Data gathered include pre/post-surveys and audiotaped interviews of the teacher and students, focused observation by the author, and selective digital photography and videotaping of events in the classroom. Classroom technology use has increased and broadened as compared to previous levels. This paper and presentation will explore the interaction with technology of all participants, especially of the teacher and researcher.
Popejoy, K. (2003). A Teacher, Fifth Graders, a Researcher, and Computers: The Impact of Technology on Science Teaching and Learning. In C. Crawford, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2003--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3065-3068). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).