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Title:Factors that affect the use of instructional electronic message systems
Author(s):Chung, Haesun Kim
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Levin, James A.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Educational Psychology
Education, Technology of
Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Abstract:Educators have become increasingly interested in using electronic networks in education and more schools are starting to explore the uses of electronic message systems for instruction. Networks have been used in social science instruction, in science instruction, in writing, and in other domains locally, nationally, and internationally. Many studies show various educational benefits of electronic networks on different subject areas. Researchers have developed several methods for analyzing interactions on electronic network systems to see how instruction in this new medium is different from conventional face-to-face instruction.
However, using computer networks in education requires many things: financial resources, time, effort, financial and technical support, maintenance, new curriculum, and teacher training. Network users commonly experience unpredictable technical obstacles with phone line installation, hardware, and software. Furthermore, teachers face a complex process of integrating projects in this new medium into their own curriculum.
This study analyzed data from the FrEdMail system by using Message Flow analysis and Participant Structures Analysis to find out the usage patterns of users on the network system. This study surveyed and interviewed with teachers to identify the problems that teachers had in the process of carrying out projects on the FrEdMail system. This study found that these problems were the main factors which integrated with teachers' usage patterns on the network and which eventually led teachers and their students to successful or less successful experiences with the network.
This study suggested practical guidelines for teachers, district computer coordinators, and administrators beginning to use electronic networks for instruction.
Issue Date:1991
Rights Information:Copyright 1991 Chung, Haesun Kim
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9210768
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9210768

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