Exploring the Relationship between Middle School Student Technology Affinity and Attitudes Toward School

ID: 38575 Type: Roundtable
  1. Leila Mills, Gerald Knezek, Tandra Tyler-Wood, and Rhonda Christensen, University of North Texas, United States
  2. Peter Dunn-Rankin, University of Hawaii, United States

Thursday, March 28 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Location: Grand Ballroom C View on map

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Abstract: Middle school student 'snapshot' data were analyzed to explore significant patterns (relationships) between technology affinity (habits/ use) and aspects of school attitude. Data collection via a hand-written survey battery that included scales to measure: 1) creative tendencies, 2) comfort and learning with computers, 3) attitude towards school (to include like/hate school), 4) perception of being a good student or distracted student, 5) attitudes toward mathematics, science, technology, engineering (STEM), and 6) attitudes towards STEM as a career. Participants were sixty-three (n=63) 8th grader students, forty-five (n=45) of which were on track to attend a STEM magnet high school for grades 9-12. Technology affinity was found to be correlated with student gender and attitude towards mathematics.

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