Abstract/Details

Adolescent girls and technology: Tablet PC computers as learning tools


2007 2007

Other formats: Order a copy

Abstract (summary)

This qualitative research, using a case study design, explores adolescent girls' use and perceptions of, as well as interest in, the Tablet PC. Limited information is currently available about the types of computers that adolescent girls prefer, and specifically, if the Tablet PC is uniquely well suited to their learning and learning styles.

Ten adolescent, ninth grade girls at an all-girl, college-preparatory, independent school in the Midwest were selected because they were participants in a new one-to-one computing program with Tablet PCs. Researcher-designed, open-ended individual interview and online discussion forum questions using an open source software called Moodle, were employed. Log and field notes were also maintained, noting descriptions of the interviews and interviewer reflections and questions that emerged as a result of the interviews and Moodle discussion forum sessions. The study was conducted and analyzed over a six month period and utilized QSR NVIVO 7, a qualitative analysis software package, to develop the codes, categories, and themes.

The primary themes that emerged from the study are: The Tablet PC has tools/features that enable the student to organize learning materials; The Tablet PC is most useful when the teachers and students using it have training; and The Tablet PC is most useful when the infrastructure that supports it is stable and predictable. The secondary themes that emerged are: The Tablet PC is most useful when each teacher and student has his/her own Tablet PC to use 24/7; and The Tablet PC supports note taking, note enhancing, and note reviewing.

Major recommendations for future research include diversifying the sample, further investigating the importance of the girls having their own computer in a one-to-one learning environment, comparing and contrasting the benefits and challenges of Tablet PCs versus laptops, examining the impact on girls' bodies from carrying computers all day in the learning environment, and investigating the importance of adolescent girls' use of their handwriting in electronic documents to strengthen their learning.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational software;
Curricula;
Teaching;
Gender;
Teenagers;
Girls;
Personal computers;
Learning
Classification
0710: Educational software
0727: Curricula
0727: Teaching
0733: Gender
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Education, Adolescent, Computers, Girls, Learning tools, Tablet PC, Technology
Title
Adolescent girls and technology: Tablet PC computers as learning tools
Author
Scheckelhoff, Terrie Hale
Number of pages
308
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 68/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
O'Hanlon, James
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3259073
ProQuest document ID
304838732
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304838732
Access the complete full text

You can get the full text of this document if it is part of your institution's ProQuest subscription.

Try one of the following:

  • Connect to ProQuest through your library network and search for the document from there.
  • Request the document from your library.
  • Go to the ProQuest login page and enter a ProQuest or My Research username / password.