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Computers and literacy; Language arts (Primary)--Computer-assisted instruction;


Computers in the primary classroom have been a controversial topic for many years. Many believe that computers do not benefit young children. In the past, very little research has been done in the primary classroom to prove or disprove the critics. Most of the studies focused on upper elementary, middle school, and high school. Three years ago, the federal government sought to validate the need for computers in the primary classroom. In doing so, the Natie (all names are pseudo names) Community Schools received a federal grant to study computers in the primary classroom. As a teacher in that school district, I was asked to participate in the implementation of this project.

What quickly became apparent was that my on-the-job experience with computers and my academic research at the university could be combined to more fully explore the question of viability of computers in the classroom. My final project is, thus, the culminating point of my research and experience to date with these endeavors. It is my hope, however, that it will also be a beginning point for others to explore these matters at greater depth and application.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Deborah L. Tidwell


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