ERIC Number: ED023606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
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Teaching Mathematics Through the use of a Time-Shared Computer. Final Report.
Richardson, Jesse O.
Reported is a project designed to use the computer as the basis for a laboratory approach to the presentation of mathematics. Classroom instruction was augmented by student experiments in devising and testing mathematical algorithms on the computer. Research procedures for grades 6 through 12 focused on the following kinds of problems: (1) programming a time-shared computer to serve as a useful tool for teaching mathematics, (2) teaching classroom teachers the necessary techniques for using this tool successfully, (3) developing multiple-user computers on an economical basis for school use, and (4) augmenting the mathematics curriculum to make effective use of the computer as a tool for classroom instruction. The research revealed that it is possible to construct programming languages that can be effectively taught to elementary school children. Children are easily motivated to write programs at consoles, and programming work can facilitate the acquisition of rigorous thinking and expression. Such mathematical concepts as variable, equation, function, and algorithm can be presented with clarity in the context of programming. (RP)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.