School of Education


Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)


Connie Pearson


Catholic Education, Educational Technology, One-to-One Laptop Initiative




There has been limited research regarding the achievement levels of high school students after the implementation of a one-to-one laptop initiative program within the Catholic high school environment. A one-to-one laptop initiative is a program wherein each student is provided a laptop to complete coursework, take assessments, collaborate with peers, and access resources. Upon review of the conceptual framework of the history of Catholic education, 21st century teaching and learning, and the integration of technology within the classroom, this study used archival data to determine if student achievement was impacted by a one-to-one laptop initiative. A one-way, between-subjects MANOVA was used to analyze the data from students representing two schools in this non-experimental, causal-comparative, posttest-only study. To further explore the source of the significant multivariate difference between the two schools were compared on each of the seven subscales of the Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED) using a series of seven univariate ANOVAs. After analysis, it was determined that students from the school without the laptop program scored higher than students from the school with the laptop program on six of seven ITED subscales as well as on ITED Composite scores. The samples did not differ significantly on the four of the ITED subscales, nor on the ITED Composite scores. Implications, limitations, and recommendations for future research were also presented following an in-depth discussion of the results.

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