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Understanding Parent Perceptions of a 1:1 Laptop Program in Western Australia
Australian Computers in Education (ACEC) Conference (2012)
  • Frank Bate, The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Dr Jean MacNish, The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Steven Males, The University of Notre Dame Australia
Abstract
This paper provides some initial findings from a current longitudinal study that examines
the implementation of a student-owned 1:1 laptop program in a school for boys in Perth,
Western Australia. This research tracks 196 students, their families and associated
teachers for a 3-year period (2010-2012). Underpinning this research is a mixed methods
approach investigating how boys use their laptops for learning, teachers’ pedagogy and
use of ICT, implementation differences between a junior and middle school, and possible
impact of the laptops on learning. One theme that emerged from the first two years of data
collection was a decrease in parent satisfaction with the extent to which the educational
objectives of the laptop initiative were being met. This paper explores possible reasons for
this decline in satisfaction, focusing on parent and student perceptions of (a) the time spent
on laptops and (b) the activities that students are seen to be engaging with on their laptops.
These perceptions are discussed in the context of parents’ own knowledge of, and skills in,
information and communications technologies (ICT) and relate to both school and homebased
settings.
Disciplines
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Bate, F., MacNish, J., and Males, S. (2012). Understanding Parent Perceptions of a 1:1 Laptop Program in Western Australia. Paper presented at the Australian Computers in Education (ACEC) Conference, Perth, WA, 2-5 October 2012