Handheld computers have become increasingly popular in the K-12 arena because of their varying levels of functionality, ruggedness, and affordability. In recent years, an array of applications has emerged for handheld computers, which display the pedagogical potential of these devices. Handheld computers allow schools to create a ubiquitous one-to-one computing environment. This quantitative study focused on the impact of handheld computers on student achievement in middle school mathematics. Research data regarding the impact of technology on student achievement is sparse. The results of the study show that handheld computers improve student academic achievement, as measured by a national norm-referenced test. There were 286 sixth grade mathematics students who participated in this study; 152 comprised the experimental group and 134 comprised the control group. The students in the experimental group had full-time access to handheld computers while students in the control group did not have access to handheld computers. Each group was administered the TerraNovaRTM, and the results of the test were compared. The results of this study indicate that there is a significant improvement in student achievement, as measured by the sixth grade TerraNovaRTM mathematics scores, for students who use handheld computers when compared to students who do not use them.... one, this research study investigated sixth-grade studentsa#39; mathematics achievement as measured by the TerraNovaAr. ... It is organized into the following sections: research design, population, hypotheses testing, instrumentation, and threats to validity. The project focused on the use of handheld computers in two middle school classrooms (approximately 30 per ... made that the handheld computers would stay at school and that students would not be allowed to take them home.
|Title||:||The Relationship of Handheld Computer Use to Student Achievement in Middle School Mathematics|
|Author||:||Stephen James McNew|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|