Eighth grade social studies teachers' perceptions of the impact of technology on students' learning in world history

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dc.contributor Benson, Angela D.
dc.contributor Lovorn, Michael
dc.contributor Sunal, Cynthia S.
dc.contributor Wright, Vivian H.
dc.contributor.advisor Wilson, Elizabeth K.
dc.contributor.author Griggs, Bridget Renee'
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:36:11Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:36:11Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000391
dc.identifier.other Griggs_alatus_0004D_10495
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/897
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract There are many perceptions of what should be taught in the social studies classroom. With the expansive amount of information that must be transferred to students, the job of the social studies teacher is becoming more challenging. To assist with this issue, there are numerous instructional strategies that can be employed such as anticipation guides and concept maps. These items can help keep both students and teachers on task with the required material. There are also technological instructional strategies that can be used such as WebQuests and virtual tours. These activities may increase students' ability to become more active in the learning process and teach them how to construct their own knowledge. In the middle school, there are cited issues that cause teaching and learning not to occur as intended by the teacher (Vogler & Virtue, 2007). High stakes testing is one of those areas. In the elementary and middle grades, the only subjects that received attention were ones being tested, which led to a reduction and dismissal of social studies. Also in the middle grades, teachers became overwhelmed with the amount of information they were equired to transmit to their students, especially when social studies was tested. This caused social studies teachers to remain at the "just the facts" level of transmitting information in order to have ample enough time to cover all of the content. A more specific challenge is faced by eighth grade world history teachers. Eighth grade has been cited as a pivotal period in the life of the student, for it has the potential to determine how well they will do in high school, college, and their career (ACT, n. d.). Eighth grade world history teachers have much to cover with little time to spend on each topic. This causes both teachers and students to become overwhelmed and discouraged. This research study was designed to examine the perceptions of eighth grade social studies teachers on how they felt technology impacted their students' learning in world history. It was conducted in West Alabama with five eighth grade world history teachers: Darlene, Daniel, Elijah, Trevor, and Caleb (pseudonyms). The teachers participated in three online focus group sessions and one face-to-face follow-up interview. After analyzing the results, four major themes emerged: Role of the eighth grade social studies teacher, meaningful learning, hands-on learning, and barriers to technology integration.
dc.format.extent 169 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Education, Social Sciences
dc.subject.other Education, Technology
dc.subject.other Education, Secondary
dc.title Eighth grade social studies teachers' perceptions of the impact of technology on students' learning in world history
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction
etdms.degree.discipline Secondary Education
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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