Potential applications of electronic messaging in the Hong Kong secondary school environment

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Potential applications of electronic messaging in the Hong Kong secondary school environment


Author: Yuen, Tze-lam
Title: Potential applications of electronic messaging in the Hong Kong secondary school environment
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1994
Subject: High schools -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Pages: vii, 140 leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1158285
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/4600
Abstract: In 1982, microcomputers were introduced to the curriculum of the Hong Kong secondary schools. They have become invaluable tools in educating our next generation to become computer literate. However, the applications of computer in education were still confined to the framework of the launched Computer Studies and Computer Literacy projects. Many areas of application of computer in school such as computer assisted learning/instruction, electronic communication and computerized school administration have not yet been explored. As Hong Kong has stepped into its information era in the '90s, electronic communication can be anticipated to play an important role in the success of Hong Kong in the future. It is high time to promote this kind of communication to our secondary school students so that they can make use of it to assist them in their study. With a number of successful reports on the utilization of electronic communication in tertiary education in some foreign countries, it is interesting to find out whether a culture of this kind can be developed under a typical secondary school environment in Hong Kong. In this research, the scope of study was confined to the potential application of a text-based electronic communication system in a traditional secondary school where the application of computer technology appeared to be relatively new to its members in their daily life. It was intended to see what impacts would be caused by using computer-mediated communication as a part of the communication process between the teachers and their students. To this end, an electronic messaging system was set up and configured, and used to investigate on a group of secondary school students to see whether it could be instrumental to assist them in their study beyond an ordinary classroom setting and whether the technology of electronic communication was a barrier to them.

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