The Impact of Technology on Academic Achievement in Seventh Grade Social Studies
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Type of Work30 p.
action research papers
ProgramMasters of Education
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SubjectsEducation -- Research papers (Graduate)
Educational technology -- Research
Academic achievement -- Research
Seventh grade (Education) -- Research
The purpose of this study is to determine whether the use of technology will have an impact on the academic achievement in seventh grade social studies. Participants in the study included twenty-five students who met after school for forty minutes of technology-centered instruction. The study used curriculum-based assessments developed by the school district’s office of social studies. The first instrument was a midterm assessment (pre-test) and the second was the final exam (post-test). Data gathered included student attendance in the after school enrichment class as well as pre- and post-test data on the objectives covered by both instruments. Student attendance and pre-test data and post-test data were combined across the two instruments into a composite score entered into an Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). The findings on the locally developed curriculum-based assessments were not statistically different. While there is much research into the impact of technology on student achievement there is no research that examines the effectiveness of the specific Internet-based technologies utilized in this study.