Date of Award
Master of Education (MEd)
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the use of Internet blogs as a reading/writing instructional tool would positively affect student attitudes over more traditional pencil/paper method responses. Using a post-test after instruction for two different groups of students and the t-Test for independent samples, it was found that after 2 months of instruction in technology classrooms, the students (n=20) who participated in the technology curriculum that emphasized blogging scored higher on an attitude assessment than the students (n=20) who had a more traditional worksheet based reading response curriculum. . After tallying the data using a Likert scale, the mean of group O x=93.45 (Blogging and technology instruction) was found to be higher than the mean of group T x = 89.55 (traditional/pencil paper instruction) with p= (0.0132) p<.05. It was concluded that according to the research done in this study of fifth grade students, the technology approach to learning is more conducive to positive attitude responses than more traditional methods of reading instruction involving worksheets and traditional pencil/paper practices.
""Seeds of Change" Technology Integration Project" Whitworth University (2007). Research and Curriculum Projects.