Graduate Research Papers


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Educational technology; Education, Elementary -- Computer-assisted instruction;


It is important for teachers to use technology to enrich and enhance their curriculums and to adequately prepare their students for the world of tomorrow. There are many factors that inhibit this use, but these factors can be reduced or eliminated by providing resources, such as computers and software, technical and administrative support and professional development opportunities. Action research was conducted to investigate using the computer as a learning station and an assessment tool in a classroom with limited resources and a teacher with limited experiences. The participants in the study were nine students in a combined third and fourth grade classroom in a small rural private school. Data collection consisted of a research log, student surveys, and attitude scales. Inductive analysis was used to catalogue and sort the data into related groups. The data indicated that the use of the computer as both a learning station and an assessment tool was a positive experience for the majority of the students. The computer was a motivational factor for students and provided instant feedback for both students and teacher

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of Educational Technology

First Advisor

Mary C. Herring

Second Advisor

Leigh E. Zeitz


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