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The social challenge of laptops in the learning environment

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The social challenge of laptops in the learning environment

Hunting, Barbara (2005) The social challenge of laptops in the learning environment. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This case study is an exploration of the social challenges surrounding laptops in the learning environment. Student engagement, the use of the laptop and professional development are the major components of this study. The ethnographic design methods of interviewing and attendance at a laptop conference all informed this case study. The Eastern Townships School Board began implementing a laptop project in the Fall of 2003, it is the largest laptop integration in Canada and will be in full operation by the Fall of 2005 when grades 3--11 will be using Apple iBook laptops. The new laptop program is known as the Dennis McCullough Enhanced Learning Strategy (Enhanced Learning Strategy). The sample population of this research consisted of grade 5, grade 11 students, and teachers in the elementary and high schools with varying teaching experiences. The use of laptops in the classroom is a new field of research, with very little research data available from a Canadian perspective. In addition to adding to this body of work, the thesis discusses the challenge the teachers were facing when blending instructionist (passive learning) and constructionist (active learning) teaching practices

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Hunting, Barbara
Pagination:vii, 81 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Date:2005
Thesis Supervisor(s):Shaver, Frances
ID Code:8813
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:36
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 15:09
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