Date of Award

12-2012

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Brian Horvitz

Second Advisor

Dr. Sharon Peterson

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert J. Leneway

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Restricted to Campus until

12-15-2025

Abstract

This study used a quantitative descriptive survey research design to examine university-level English as a second language (ESL) instructors’ perceptions of computer-based educational technology, as well as their personal views on the value this technology adds to their instructions and teaching. The study is designed to reveal both general perceptions on how computer-based educational technology (CBET) can facilitate teaching and learning, and specific perceptions on how the technology can improve instructors’ and learners' performance in terms of meeting 21st century skills and needs. The target population of this survey research was all ESL instructors at the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS) at Western Michigan University (WMU), while the targeted sample of this study was a group of 27 of those instructors in the center. The data of this survey research were collected mainly through a valid and reliable questionnaire consisting of 31 items rated on a Likert-type scale ranging from 4 to 1. Once collected, data was scored and interpreted by the researcher using descriptive statistics. The ESL instructors, in general, had positive perceptions concerning the use of CBET in ESL. They agreed on some advantages as well as some barriers and disadvantages of using CBET in ESL.

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