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The Effects of Technology on Engagement and Retention Among Upper Elementary Montessori Students.

The purpose of this paper is to describe the findings of a study on the effects of
integrating technology into lessons in a Montessori upper elementary classroom in
Raleigh, North Carolina. The research looked at both the student engagement and the
retention of information when technology was included in Montessori lessons. This study
spanned a six-week period and was conducted with 25 fourth through sixth grade
students. Data collection included a pre-lesson questionnaire, a teacher engagement
report form, a teacher observation form, a post-lesson feedback form, and a short answer
lesson response form. The results of this data analysis showed an overall preference by
students for lessons that included technology, an increase in engagement relative to
lesson that used only traditional Montessori materials, and a 16% increase in accuracy
based on short answer responses when technology was included in one of the seven
lessons that were tracked. The results of this action research indicate that utilizing
technology in the Montessori classroom may increase student engagement and retention
of information.

 

The Effects of Technology on Engagement and Retention Among Upper Elementary Montessori Students.

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