A Mixed Design Examination of the Attitudes of Seventh Grade Males Toward Technology-Enhanced Reading Instruction
Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Education in Secondary Education
Reading, Foundations, and Technology
The purpose of this mixed design research study was to investigate the attitudes of a group of seventh grade male students toward technology-enhanced reading instruction. A sample of 118 participants was chosen from a district's seventh grade population based on three criteria: male gender, reading at or below grade level as indicated by a standardized reading assessment, and receiving no special education services in reading. The ten week study took place at a junior high with an enrollment slightly over 800 in a bedroom community. Participants were exposed to technological enhancements to reading instruction, such as data projection, interactive whiteboard, software, and other multimedia. Opportunities to utilize various technological tools and learning activities were integrated into daily classroom experiences. Quantitative data consisted of surveys gauging attitudes toward the technology-enhanced instruction. Qualitative data consisted of interviews, observations, and artifacts. Data were analyzed to determine overriding themes in participants' attitudes toward technology-enhanced reading instruction and the reasons for those attitudes as perceived by the participants. Findings indicated a largely positive attitude toward technology-enhanced reading instruction; 92.11% of participants indicated a preference for technology-enhanced reading instruction over instruction that involved more traditional tools. Strong themes included enjoyment, improved logistics, match with learning style, and increased authenticity of the learning experience.
adolescent, males, reading, technology, attitudes
© Victor Sheets
Sheets, Victor, "A Mixed Design Examination of the Attitudes of Seventh Grade Males Toward Technology-Enhanced Reading Instruction" (2008). MSU Graduate Theses. 2828.