California State Polytechnic University – Pomona
Review of French Revolution: An eBook for 10th Grade Students.
Degree: MA, Department of Education, 2020, California State Polytechnic University – Pomona
Students of high school world history courses around the country often struggle to remain engaged and interested in the subject (Wiersma, 2008). Additionally, unwillingness to complete assignments is affecting their achievements and lowering their grades on assessments (Wiersma, 2008). Interactive eBooks are emerging technologies that may assist learners in understanding difficult content. Interactive eBooks are a part of a wide variety of applications and touchscreen devices that allow the user to interact with the information and being able to manipulate it (Gu??mundsd??ttir et al., 2014). Research suggests that, as a result of such rapid development of multimedia and computer technologies, educators have started integrating educational games and digital learning content to help motivate students and improve their academic achievement (Sung, Hwang, Lin, & Hong, 2017).
The purpose of this project was to create an eBook that incorporated interactive multimedia, in order to prepare tenth-grade students to perform better on their world history assessments.
The developer applied the ADDIE instructional design model as the structure for creating this project. ADDIE is organized into five phases to develop instructional systems development (Molenda, 2003). The content covered in this project was the French Revolution and the reasons behind it. The project was broken down into three chapters: Before the war, during the war, and after the war. Each chapter reviewed what occurred during that time period of the French Revolution. Multimedia experiences were embedded in specific sections of this eBook as a means of clarifying concepts, all while reinforcing and engaging the tenth-grade world history student.
Once the Institution Review Board (IRB) approved the project, the field-testing was conducted at a high school in one of the California School Districts. Permission to conduct the field-testing was granted by the principal of the school site. Forty-five tenth-grade world history students were invited to take part in this study via a classroom invitation. Of those, twenty participated in the study and completed the survey. The study involved students accessing the interactive eBook, viewing multimedia enhanced books, and taking a short, anonymous survey. The survey was comprised of ten questions: eight multiple choice, and two open-ended ones. In the analysis of the data, participants??? attitudes and perceptions of interactive eBooks were largely positive.
According to participant feedback, addressing accessibility of the eBook on all platforms is of highest priority and paramount in creating a successful user experience. Continued research in this field will aid in interactive eBook development and in the potential impact on student outcomes. Further studies are needed to measure interactive eBooks effectiveness and viability beyond student perception and into measured, academic results.
Advisors/Committee Members: Lotfipur, Shahnaz (advisor), Grimm, Andrea (committee member).
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APA (6th Edition):
Andrade, R. (2020). Review of French Revolution: An eBook for 10th Grade Students. (Masters Thesis). California State Polytechnic University – Pomona. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/215260
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Andrade, Robert. “Review of French Revolution: An eBook for 10th Grade Students.” 2020. Masters Thesis, California State Polytechnic University – Pomona. Accessed April 09, 2020.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Andrade, Robert. “Review of French Revolution: An eBook for 10th Grade Students.” 2020. Web. 09 Apr 2020.
Andrade R. Review of French Revolution: An eBook for 10th Grade Students. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. California State Polytechnic University – Pomona; 2020. [cited 2020 Apr 09].
Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/215260.
Council of Science Editors:
Andrade R. Review of French Revolution: An eBook for 10th Grade Students. [Masters Thesis]. California State Polytechnic University – Pomona; 2020. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/215260