Teacher and student perceptions of technology integration for teaching social studies in public schools
Jeffrey Allen Olsen, Western Illinois University, United States
Master of Science, Western Illinois University . Awarded
The purpose of the study is to determine the gap between teacher and student perception of technology use in their social studies classrooms. Students and teachers from rural, urban, and suburban districts in the Pacific Northwest were surveyed. There were 23 teachers and 237 students. The teachers surveyed taught 4th, 7th, and eleventh grades. The students were from 4th and 7th grade. State testing and other programs eliminated high school student participation. The results indicated a gap between teachers and students at all levels related to frequency integration with teachers reporting higher integration rates. Divided between computer and non-computer tools, middle/junior high students and teachers reported high computer tool integration with elementary level results indicating higher integration of non-computer tools. The urban teachers reported the lowest rate of training, as did high school teachers compared to other districts and grade levels. Findings support the research in the literature review.
Olsen, J.A. Teacher and student perceptions of technology integration for teaching social studies in public schools. Master of Science thesis, Western Illinois University.
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