Year of Publication

1991

Paper Type

Master's Thesis

College

College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Janet E. Bosnick

Second Advisor

Dr. Bernadine J. Bolden

Third Advisor

Dr. James W. Mittelstadt

Abstract

Educational research indicates that integrating computers and other technologies into the curriculum, enhances student interest in learning. However, many teachers disregard these tools citing lack of time, equipment, or experience. Based on this information, the researcher designed a project which uses computers and other technologies to stimulate middle school language arts students' interest in learning. An initial survey of 166 middle school students determined that English grammar and usage is the least enjoyed portion of the language arts curriculum. The researcher then created ten computer and technology assisted learning activities which reinforce grammar-related content and skills. A seventh grade language arts class field tested the activities. They also completed several types of follow up instruments, and participated in personal interviews, which helped the researcher conclude that careful utilization of computers and other technologies to deliver unappealing portions of the curriculum may improve students interest in those areas.

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