Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Howard Poole

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Leneway

Third Advisor

Dr. James Bosco

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The lack problem solving skills exhibited by students has generated concerns at national and state levels of education (Coleman, King, and Ruth, 2001). If the educational technology curriculum involved computer troubleshooting, students could possibly increase their problem solving abilities. Because computer troubleshooting follows similar procedures to problem solving, there is possibility of an educational transfer and could be easily included into the educational technology curriculum. The purpose of the research study was to discover if the computer troubleshooting curriculum designed by the researcher affected the elementary students' problem solving abilities. Technology education at the elementary level includes keyboarding and 'practice and drill' software. The proposed curriculum would be a new method to meet national technology and math standards of education. Positive outcomes of the research will validate its use in a technology education program.