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Exploring the Intersection of Instructional Technology and Student Voice in Alternative Schooling

Sat, April 18, 2:45 to 4:15pm, Hyatt, Floor: East Tower - Purple Level, Riverside West


In alternative education, computer-assisted instruction (CAI) is often used for the purpose of fast-paced recovery of high school credits. However, little research has been done to investigate the impact of CAI on the power and voice of the struggling student population. This study investigates the dialogic interactions in the classroom to better understand the impact of CAI on student voice. Findings suggest that CAI contributed to a lack of dialogue and that the curriculum worked against the establishment of emancipatory education.