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Laptops and language learning: A mixed methods study of technology integration and student engagement

Ginger Starks-Yoble, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Student engagement and motivation have been a common focus among educational researchers over the last forty years. Self-determination theory and the inclusive definition of self-regulated learning have identified that both cognitive and motivational engagement are paramount for successful language learning. Within this canon of research, few have looked at student engagement as a result of effective technology integration during the language learning process. This mixed methods study explored students' perceptions of engagement while learning with technology integration in a first-year language class. Qualitative data was collected from a sub-sample of ten students, in the form of semi-structured interviews, journal reflections, student work samples and stimulated recall sessions. Quantitative data was generated from a sample of forty students (including the sub-sample) who completed a pre- and post-motivated strategies questionnaire. The results of this study further developed a comprehensive understanding of how technology integration impacted student engagement at the beginning level of language learning.

Subject Area

Foreign language education|Middle School education|Educational technology

Recommended Citation

Starks-Yoble, Ginger, "Laptops and language learning: A mixed methods study of technology integration and student engagement" (2014). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3630037.