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The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences

Online ISSN: 2301-2218
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Sixth Graders’ Use of Technologies in Learning, Technology Attitudes and School Well-Being

Abstract

Using digital technologies (DT) in learning is expected to foster students school engagement. International surveys, however, show that using of technologies for learning in Finnish schools is still far from optimal. This study was conducted as a part of Mind the Gap project. The aim was to examine how frequently students use technologies for learning, what kinds of attitudes they hold towards using technologies, and how these, compared to the students’ overall school experiences, explain academic well-being. Gender differences were also examined. The data was collected with a questionnaire in 2013 from 36 schools in Helsinki (n=735, 56% female, ~12-13 years) which assessed the students’ use of and attitudes to digital technologies in learning, perceptions of school, school value, school engagement and burnout. Gender differences were analysed with t- tests. Relationships between technology, school-perception measures and academic well-being were analysed with linear regression. DTs were reportedly used in school mostly for knowledge acquisition and mechanical tasks. However, most students reported wanting to use technology more and experienced it to foster school engagement. Regarding technology-related indicators, fear-of-failing and digital learning engagement were related to lower school value and also burnout symptoms. As DTs were used in learning infrequently, their contribution to school well-being was expectedly low. However, students’ attitudes for DTs were related to problems in school well-being. Thus, we propose a need for novel pedagogical practices for using DTs, while maintaining good student-teacher relationships and conditions. To conclude, how technologies are used, instead of how much, should be the key question.

Keywords: Digital technologyschool valueschoolwork engagementschool burnout

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Published online: 01.01.2017
Pages: 51-68
Publisher: Future Academy
In: Volume 18, Issue 1
DOI: 10.15405/ejsbs.205
Online ISSN: 2301-2218
Article Type: Original Research
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