Pattern of classroom activities during students' use of computers: Relations between instructional strategies and computer applications

Fethi A. Inan, Deborah L. Lowther, Steven M. Ross, Dan Strahl

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify instructional strategies used by teachers to support technology integration. In addition, relations between types of computer applications and teachers' classroom practices were examined. Data were direct observation results from 143 integration lessons implemented in schools receiving federal technology grants. Results reflect use of student-centered practices such as teacher as a facilitator, project-based learning, and independent inquiry. Furthermore, this study revealed that classroom practices tend to be more student-centered when students use the computer as a learning tool such as the Internet, word processing, and presentation software. Conversely, drill and practice software showed a dissimilar pattern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-546
Number of pages7
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010

Keywords

  • Computer uses in education
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Educational software
  • Instructional technology
  • Teaching methods
  • Technology integration

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