Middle School Hypermedia Composition: A Qualitative Case Study
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Garthwait, A. (2007). Middle School Hypermedia Composition: A Qualitative Case Study. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 16(4), 357-375. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia
Volume 16, Issue 4, October 2007
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Chesapeake, VA
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During a six-month naturalistic study, the author conducted an ethnographic examination of a seventh grade hypermedia unit. Beginning with the global question, "In what ways are computers used to support the education of middle school students?" the researcher coded and analyzed observations, interviews and projects. Three themes emerged: the seventh graders' understanding of electronic conventions, their ability to demonstrate awareness of audience, and the curricular communication climate in the school. The fact that students were developing significant compositional skills in the computer lab, went unnoticed by the literacy teachers. The potential for better and more integrated core discipline learning cannot be reached by perpetuating the traditional isolation of computer skills. This study carries implications not only for computer technology teachers but also for curriculum directors, administrators and college of education faculty members.
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