Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Technology


Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education


College of Education

First Advisor

Molinari, Louis


Art--History; Educational technology--New Jersey


Elementary Education and Teaching


The primary purpose of this study was to explore the impact of three research methods. It examined online materials, as well as contextual research based on printed texts in the elementary population. The researcher sought to determine what the most effective method is for helping students to learn art history content, whether it is in the virtual environment of the Internet, the confines of various textbooks, or a combination of both technology-based and text-based research. The subjects of the study were fifth grade students who attended Bells Elementary School, Turnersville, NJ, in the fall of 2006.

The researcher used multiple data collection instruments to verify findings: pre-tests and post-tests, a pre-research and post-research Student Attitude Survey, district standard grading scale, observation output, and class discussions.

This paper will examine the effects of text-based research, technology-based research, and a combination of both mediums. It will uncover the best method of research development in an elementary art context.