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ERIC Number: ED018364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 35
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Reference Count: 0
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COMPUTER ASSISTED MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION, PILOT PROJECT.
Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford.
THIS DOCUMENT REPORTS AN INITIAL EXPERIMENT WITH THE USE OF A LARGE SCALE COMPUTER AS A MEANS OF TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THREE SELECTED HIGH SCHOOLS FROM THREE CONNECTICUT COMMUNITIES. ANSWERS TO THESE BASIC QUESTIONS WERE SOUGHT IN THE EXPERIMENT--(1) HOW CAN MATHEMATICAL UNDERSTANDINGS AND LOGIC BE TAUGHT MORE EFFECTIVELY WITH THE USE OF THE COMPUTER, (2) HOW CAN THE COMPUTER BE PROGRAMED TO ACT AS A USEFUL INSTRUCTION AID, (3) WHAT TRAINING IS NECESSARY FOR TEACHERS TO ENABLE THEM TO USE THIS TOOL SUCCESSFULY, AND (4) WHAT IMPLICATIONS DOES COMPUTER INSTRUCTION HAVE FOR VARIOUS AREAS OF THE CURRICULUM AND OTHER AGE GROUPS. THE TWO TELECOMP SYSTEMS WHICH WERE SET UP IN EACH SCHOOL WERE USED (1) TO ASSIST IN THE DISCOVERY APPROACH TO DEVELOP UNDERSTANDING OF MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS, (2) TO EMPHASIZE THE ANALYSIS OF PROBLEMS INTO SUB-PROBLEMS, AND (3) TO DE-EMPHASIZE THE ROUTINE DRILL APPROACH TO MATHEMATICS. SOME OF THE RESULTS OBTAINED FROM QUESTIONNAIRES, EVALUATION SESSIONS, AND EVIDENCE OF STUDENT WORK INDICATED (1) THE COMPUTER APPEARED BEST SUITED FOR AREAS SUCH AS ARITHMETIC PROCESSES, ALGEBRA, ADVANCED MATHEMATICS AND PROBABILITY, (2) STUDENTS OBTAINED RESPECT FOR LOGIC AND ORDER AS A RESULT OF WRITING PROGRAMS FOR THE COMPUTER, (3) THE PRECISION OF THE TELECOMP LANGUAGE HAS EMPHASIZED THE NEED FOR PRECISION IN PROBLEM SOLVING, AND (4) THE COMPUTER COULD BE USED TO CLARIFY MATHEMATICS FOR SOME STUDENTS. (RP)
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Authoring Institution: Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford.
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