Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Comparison of Student Performances in Classes Which Do and Do Not Utilize Technological Displays of Information

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Comparison of Student Performances in Classes Which Do and Do Not Utilize Technological Displays of Information

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William C. Thomson, Stephen F. Austin State University

Technology has been and continues to be integrated into teaching at the university level. Some research is beginning to ascertain the impact of technology on the academic performance of students. The purpose of this study was to compare test scores and overall course performance of students who received presentations of course content using technology to those who did not. One instructor was followed for 2 years during which eight sections of the same course were taught. The course was required for all majors in the department. All sections used the same reading materials, followed the same scope and sequence, and had the same number of meetings. The teacher consistently indicated the desire to teach well in all sections, regardless of whether or not technology was being used. In four of these sections a wall-mounted chalkboard was the only means of visual display used to present information during class lectures. In the other four sections displays of information were accomplished using multimedia Powerpoint presentations that contained text, graphics, pictures, and videotape clips. All students (N = 129) took the same examination questions and had the same course assignments. …

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