Date of Award
Master of Science
Dr. Dionysios Kountanis
Dr. Donna Kaminski
Dr. Marianne Johnson
Masters Thesis-Open Access
There has recently been an intensive effort on the part of school systems, administrators, teachers, and parents to bring computers into everyday classroom use. Yet, to a large degree, this effort has proceeded without appropriate planning about just how computers can best be used and integrated into the curriculum.
This study focuses on how an independent elementary school with a minimum of resources went about the process of integrating computer usage in the fifth grade, the steps required for integration and for continued student use of computers in the school. Computer usage was introduced as part of the writing classes of two fifth grades with experimental and control groups. Worthwhile integration was achieved with teacher interest across grade levels. Though no statistical evidence that computer usage affected the quality of writing was found, the teachers reported that computer usage had a positive effect on student compositions.
Davison, Walter F., "Implementing Computer Use in a 5th Grade Curriculum: A Study of the Process of Implementation and Subsequent Impact" (1988). Masters Theses. 1191.