Instructor and Student Attitudes, Perceptions, and Motivation Regarding the Use of Hypermedia Instructional Technology in the Cosmetology Program
Abstract The purpose of this study was to identify student attitudes, perceptions, and motivation regarding the use of hypermedia instructional approaches in vocational education programs. Technology is rapidly influencing instructional strategies in vocational education. Understanding instructor and student attitudes, perceptions and motivations toward the use of hypermedia instruction is essential to developing and implementing appropriate approaches. A mixed methods design was conducted in this study. Instructor and students responded to 10 attitude statements, three open-ended questions, and eight interview questions. The qualitative portion of the study was designed to provide greater understanding of instructor and students attitudes, perceptions, and motivation regarding the use of hypermedia instructional approaches in a cosmetology program. Results indicate that students were highly engaged with the use of hypermedia instructional approaches, appreciated the flexibility of this instructional design, and viewed this strategy as beneficial to learning and course completion. The instructor had great interest in using instructional technology in traditional classrooms, but expressed different concerns from students about the use of appropriate instructional media and adapting course content to integrate with the use of hypermedia teaching. The instructor indicted a willingness to integrate the use of instructional technologies into their classroom in the future.
Keywords: Hypermedia Instruction,, Cosmetology Programs,, WebCT,, CD-Rom,, Instructional Strategies,, Vocational Education
Dr. Wan-Hsing Wang
Instructor in Cosmetology/Doctoral Student, Tainan Woman's College of Arts and Technology, Tainan Department of Educational Leadership-Instructional Technology , Idaho State University
Dr Mark W. Neill
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership College of Education , Idaho State University