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Classnet: A Potential Computer-Mediated Communications Learning Tool In Preservice Teacher Education? , Mark Jay Van Gorp Jan 1997

Classnet: A Potential Computer-Mediated Communications Learning Tool In Preservice Teacher Education? , Mark Jay Van Gorp

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study investigates computer-mediated communications (CMC) in preservice teacher education. Three papers respectively examine current CMC uses and outcomes, describe a new CMC tool which may enhance future use, and present an evaluation of that tool with preservice teachers;The first paper reviews the utilization of CMC in the preservice curriculum and then analyzes occurring problems and assesses resulting needs. The problems are divided into two broad categories: Those that may dissipate with improvement of existing CMC technology and those that may persist even with improved technology. A study of these problems reveals that learning from CMC integration must be ...


Student Technology Mentors For College Of Education Faculty: Two Case Studies, Paul Marlin Reinhart Jan 1997

Student Technology Mentors For College Of Education Faculty: Two Case Studies, Paul Marlin Reinhart

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to investigate the approach of mentoring two college of education faculty by a graduate student and an undergraduate student. A qualitative case study approach was utilized to examine the mentoring process and its outcomes. Data were collected from two mentoring pairs in the form of journals, observations, interviews, and documents. These case studies provide descriptions and analysis of the mentoring experiences. The data in each case will provide the reader with significant insights into the complexities of student/faculty technology mentoring relationships.


The Effects Of Cognitive Style, Method Of Instruction, And Visual Ability On Learning Chemical Kinetics , Mark D. Lynch Jan 1997

The Effects Of Cognitive Style, Method Of Instruction, And Visual Ability On Learning Chemical Kinetics , Mark D. Lynch

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The relationships between cognitive style, method of instruction, and visual skill on learning chemical kinetics were investigated. Participants enrolled in a general chemistry course were classified on each of three factors: cognitive style (field dependent, field neutral, or field independent), method of instruction (computer lesson, teaching assistant, or neither), and visual skill (high visual skill, moderate visual skill, or low visual skill). Participants who were classified as field independent scored significantly higher than those classified as field dependent on the kinetics portions of the hour and final exams. Also, participants who worked with the computer lesson scored significantly higher than ...


Effects Of A Videodisc Problem Solving Approach Embedded In Constructivist-Based Instruction In Mathematics Methods Course On Preservice Teachers' Decisions About Teaching Mathematics Strategies And Attitudes Toward Mathematics And Technologies , Min Kyeong Kim Jan 1997

Effects Of A Videodisc Problem Solving Approach Embedded In Constructivist-Based Instruction In Mathematics Methods Course On Preservice Teachers' Decisions About Teaching Mathematics Strategies And Attitudes Toward Mathematics And Technologies , Min Kyeong Kim

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Research on teaching and learning mathematics indicates that offering an appropriate constructivist-based teaching model of mathematics instruction to preservice teachers enhances their teaching abilities and confidence in their future teaching. The purpose of this study was to investigate preservice elementary teachers' decisions about teaching strategies and their attitudes toward mathematics and computer-related technologies in a constructivist-centered methods course which included the use of problem-solving multimedia;This study involved 73 preservice elementary teachers enrolled in an elementary education methods course at Iowa State University. Twenty-eight participants were involved in the treatment group, eighteen students participated in the comparison 1 group and ...


Preservice Teachers' Preconceptions About The Role Of The Computer In Learning And Teaching, William Anthony Sadera Jan 1997

Preservice Teachers' Preconceptions About The Role Of The Computer In Learning And Teaching, William Anthony Sadera

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this research study was to examine preservice teachers' preconceptions of the role of the computer in learning and teaching and the factors effecting those preconceptions. During the 1997 fall semester, 279 preservice teachers in an introductory instructional technology course were given the three survey instruments. The instruments were designed to gather data about the subjects' background, experience with computers, attitudes toward computers, attitudes toward computers in education, computer proficiency, beliefs about effective computer use, and epistemological beliefs. The results of this research study revealed several factors that significantly effected preservice teachers' ability to conceptualize advanced ways of ...


Distance Education, Innovativeness, And Teacher Education: Status In Iowa Independent, Four-Year Colleges And Universities , Nancy Jean Pollock Maushak Jan 1997

Distance Education, Innovativeness, And Teacher Education: Status In Iowa Independent, Four-Year Colleges And Universities , Nancy Jean Pollock Maushak

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between organizational characteristics and the organizational innovativeness of teacher education programs in institutions of higher education in the state of Iowa in reference to the integration of the innovation, distance education. A second purpose was to determine the relationship between organizational characteristics and identified barriers to the integration of distance education throughout teacher education programs in institutions of higher education in the state of Iowa;Participants were 45 education faculty members from Iowa, independent, 4-year colleges and universities with teacher education programs who attended site visits conducted by the Teacher ...


Development And Formative Evaluation Of An Instructional Simulation Of Adiabatic Processes , Ying-Shao Hsu Jan 1997

Development And Formative Evaluation Of An Instructional Simulation Of Adiabatic Processes , Ying-Shao Hsu

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this research was to develop a computer-based instructional simulation of adiabatic processes and to study the effects of selected characteristics of the simulation on students conceptual development, problem solving and transfer. To study these issues the related literature was reviewed, a simulation was developed and a two-pronged research study was employed. From the review of literature and constructivist theory, a simulation to facilitate active and situated learning was developed. It included the features of multiple representations, interaction, and authentic tasks;The subjects for the study were students enrolled in a beginning meteorology course at Iowa State University ...


Learning Styles And Attitude Toward Hypermedia , Charles Andrews Schlosser Jan 1997

Learning Styles And Attitude Toward Hypermedia , Charles Andrews Schlosser

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study examined learning style and attitude toward hypermedia among sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students working with the hypermedia program Loess Hills Interactive. Three hundred fifteen science students from four Iowa middle schools participated in the month-long study. Students worked in groups of four with five gender compositions; all male, all female, mostly male, mostly female, and equal. The Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children (MMTIC) was used to identify four learning styles: extraverted sensor, extraverted intuitive, introverted sensor, and introverted intuitive. The Attitude Toward Hypermedia Index (ATHI), developed by the author, was used to measure students' attitudes toward hypermedia ...


Preservice Teachers' Self-Ratings Of Their Competencies To Teach In Inclusive General Education Classrooms , Kathy Jo Hinders Jan 1997

Preservice Teachers' Self-Ratings Of Their Competencies To Teach In Inclusive General Education Classrooms , Kathy Jo Hinders

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Iowa State University Iowa State University currently offers two different and distinct preservice teacher preparation programs. The traditional program reflects a more conventional way of conveying important theoretical knowledge and necessary skills to preservice students. This traditional program consists of individual course requirements coupled with practicum experiences at strategic points in the curriculum. The new megamethods curriculum creates a unique blend between university coursework and practical experience in general education classrooms. Preservice teachers involved with this curriculum spend a larger percentage of their university class time within a general education classroom. The primary purpose of this study was to determine ...


Design And Training For Implementation Of Constructivist-Based Distance Learning Environments , Mary Corwin Herring Jan 1997

Design And Training For Implementation Of Constructivist-Based Distance Learning Environments , Mary Corwin Herring

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In response to societal shifts, K-12 teachers are attempting to design responsive, effective learning environments. A body of theory titled Constructivism has become increasingly important as a foundation for the design of learning environments that prepare students for the future demands of adulthood;When knowledge is being constructed, the tools to support that construction become important. Societal demands, new visions about learning, emerging technology, and connectivity to the information superhighway are offering educators the opportunity and the challenge to rethink and restructure the way they go about designing effective learning environments;This project identified a design guiding framework for constructivist-based ...


Cooperative Learning With Interactive Multimedia: The Effect Of Gender And Group Composition On Attitude And Interaction , Jane Mason Adamson Jan 1997

Cooperative Learning With Interactive Multimedia: The Effect Of Gender And Group Composition On Attitude And Interaction , Jane Mason Adamson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study investigated the effect of gender and group gender composition on interaction patterns and attitudes toward their cooperative learning experience of seventh- and eighth-grade students working with the multimedia program Loess Hills Interactive. One hundred twenty-seven middle school science students (60 males, 67 females) from two schools in Iowa participated in the month-long study. Students were randomly assigned to cooperative learning groups of 3, 4, and 5 with the following gender compositions: (1) same-gender, (2) mostly-male, (3) mostly-female, and (4) equal-gender. Trained raters coded and tallied interaction frequencies for each student from videotapes, using a Peer Interaction Scale developed ...


The Sins Of The Father: An Historical Analysis Of Race And Class Equality In Educational Resource Allocation And The Implications For Future Educational Technology Distribution , Patricia Randolph Leigh Jan 1997

The Sins Of The Father: An Historical Analysis Of Race And Class Equality In Educational Resource Allocation And The Implications For Future Educational Technology Distribution , Patricia Randolph Leigh

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The underlying premise of this research is that American educational and economic systems are intricately tied and educational opportunities correlate with economic participation. This dissertation consists of three research papers that focus on the unequal opportunities historically afforded Black Americans and those of low socio-economic status. The first paper, "Economics and Education: Kindred Inequalities in Kindred Systems," examines the research literature concerning the connection between education and economic factors such as land, labor and capital. Particular attention is paid to the effects of racial and class discrimination upon the allocation and distribution of these factors. There is an extensive examination ...