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Using Parent–Student Pairs for Internet Instruction

Product code: JRTE-PDF

Publication type: Journal Article
Citation: JRTE, 2002; 34(3): 304-317


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Student and parent attitudes toward school-based Internet use were explored using parent–studentpairs. An intergenerational approach positioned 54 pairs of young adolescents and their parentsas co-learners for simultaneous Internet instruction, while another 51 parent–student pairs weregiven separate Internet instruction. This study examined the effect of instructional conditionsusing pre- and post-instruction attitude surveys and interviews. Survey analyses includeddescriptives, reliability measures, factor analysis, subscale formation, pre- and post-instructioncomparisons, and analysis of variance of treatment and role variables. Interview analyses pro-vided insights into student and parent attitudes. Positive effects of instruction were revealed forstudents and parents. (Keywords: attitudes, attitudes toward the Internet, diffusion of innova-tions, educational technology, intergenerational learning, parent involvement.)