Date Approved

5-4-1998

Embargo Period

8-11-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Willett, Holly G.

Subject(s)

Computers; Library orientation for school children

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine elementary students' abilities in the information gathering process and the impact of the use of computerized resources on these abilities. Did the use of computerized research technology improve students' results? How well did students make use of this technology to find information? Would students effectively combine the use of computerized and print sources for information? What effect did the inclusion of computers have on the students' attitude towards the research assignment? Four classes of fourth grade students were combined into two groups. Students were assigned to research answers to 50 questions. Each group was assigned to answer 25 using print sources and 25 using computerized sources. Students answered Pre-Activity and Post-Activity surveys. Classes were observed while conducting research. Survey answers and answers to research questions were tabulated, scored, and percentaged. Numbers were compared to allow conclusions to be drawn. The type of information source used had little effect on the number of correct answers given. Students were able to locate information efficiently using computerized sources of information. It was clear that inclusion of computers into the assignment raised levels of enthusiasm and interest among students.

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