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Educational technology;


Research indicates that educational technology has a valued status, especially in the promotion of student learning. The theory behind the study of educational technology includes the four paradigms defined by Saettler (1990): the media view, the communications and systems view, the behavioral sciences view, and the cognitive science concept. This theory serves as the basis for the implementation of educational technology by the teachers.

Implementing educational technology, in special education and regular education (k-12), has indicated positive influences on student achievement. Greater student achievement would translate to better worker-citizens for the United States, thereby allowing the country to be competitive in the political and economic spheres of the world. Educational technology when applied correctly has demonstrated that student achievement did markedly improve. The method of teaching has changed from a didactic mode to that of a constructivist mode with the support of educational technology. A motivated learner is a lifelong learner, and by using technology in the classroom students can be motivated.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Sharon E. Smaldino


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