The Resource Kids' voices, teachers' thoughts : informing the process of software development through user input, by Patricia A. Watson

Kids' voices, teachers' thoughts : informing the process of software development through user input, by Patricia A. Watson

Label
Kids' voices, teachers' thoughts : informing the process of software development through user input
Title
Kids' voices, teachers' thoughts
Title remainder
informing the process of software development through user input
Statement of responsibility
by Patricia A. Watson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The purpose of this study was to examine the formative evaluation of a software product, KidTools, designed for student use in creating behavior self-management materials. The software existed initially as a set of tools to be used by teachers in teaching and managing student behavior. Modifications were made to the teachers' software to enable students to use the tools in a classroom setting with a reduced amount of teacher control and support. In a formative study the researcher uses systematic investigation to observe and document factors that inhibit or enhance implementation of an intervention. The intent of this study was to conduct an initial examination of the educational software product, KidTools, through the perceptions of potential users. Information gained would be used to inform the further development of the product. This study sought to determine, through analysis of data gathered from student users and teachers, factors which added to or detracted from the success of KidTools software as a classroom intervention to be used in accomplishing the pedagogical goal of enabling students to manage their own behavior. Recommendations were then made for revisions to the software based on these findings. Qualitative methods were used to investigate the questions guiding this study. Data were gathered during focus group interviews with teachers using a semi-structured interview format. User observations with students using a modified Think-Aloud procedure furnished data from the learner's perspective. Additional data sources included field notes and reflections kept by the researcher, and records collected during classroom use of the software. These records included copies of the behavior management materials generated by the students and the student information kept on disk automatically by the program. Through the constant comparative method of data analysis, a number of themes emerged across users on which recommendations for software revision could be based. Through examination of the user input recommendations were made in the areas of program content, user interface, and classroom use. In addition the data revealed three topics with implications beyond the scope of this software development project which were presented as topics for further research. Implications: (1) Successful implementation of a computer-mediated tool depends on the availability and functionality of computer technology within the school. (2) Successful implementation of a computer-mediated tool depends on the compatibility of the tool with current classroom practice. (3) Successful implementation of a computer-mediated tool depends on the compatibility of the tool with the pedagogical goals established within the teaching environment
Additional physical form
Also available on the Internet.
Cataloging source
MUU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Watson, Patricia A.
Degree
Ph. D.
Dissertation year
2000.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Granting institution
University of Missouri-Columbia
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Computer software
  • Children
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Students
  • Teachers
Target audience
specialized
Label
Kids' voices, teachers' thoughts : informing the process of software development through user input, by Patricia A. Watson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Typescript
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 122-127)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
45816430
Dimensions
29 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
x, 138 leaves
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Kids' voices, teachers' thoughts : informing the process of software development through user input, by Patricia A. Watson
Publication
Note
  • Typescript
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 122-127)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
45816430
Dimensions
29 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
x, 138 leaves
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote

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