Date Approved

4-15-2004

Embargo Period

5-1-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kern, Robert W.

Subject(s)

Educational technology; Middle school education; Social sciences--Study and teaching (Middle school)

Disciplines

Educational Leadership

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of integrating technology into the social studies curriculum on the delivery of instructional services to middle school students. The use of integrating technology for the middle school means providing teachers and staff with the opportunity to innovatively and creatively interact in the learning process and enhance learning opportunities for students as they strive to attain the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Social Studies. Training had been provided by the representative from the textbook publisher on how to use the supplemental curriculum materials as well as the building technology coordinator on basic computer usage. This study focused on the entire student body as well as all the social studies teachers, including special education, which consisted of approximately 1,000 seventh and eighth grade students enrolled at the Helen A. Fort Middle School in Pemberton Township, New Jersey. The impact of implementing technology into the social studies curriculum was beneficial for everyone involved. The results of this study indicate that still more technology training needs to take place for this school's teaching staff until everyone feels comfortable and confident with their technological knowledge.

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