ERIC Number: ED200449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Early Adolescent Use of Selected Problem-Solving Skills Using Microcomputers.
Cox, Dorothy Anna Howard
This study examined two major areas: (1) evaluation of the characteristics, interactions, problem-solving strategies and achievement of seventh- and eighth-grade junior high school students (N=66) as they interacted with a microcomputer in three problem-solving sessions, and (2) determination of the effectiveness of three original microcomputer programs using topics from life science, social studies and environmental science in problem-solving, and a fourth program in specific skill training in organizing data using a matrix. Selected conclusions indicated that: (1) students can improve in problem-solving skills in a short time on a microcomputer; (2) the training session in organizing data into a matrix was successful in introducing a usable new strategy; (3) individuals worked better in teams than alone; (4) subjects were just as motivated when sessions were more infrequent; (5) influence of group interaction enabled subjects of all abilities to successfully participate in and solve problems; (6) all subjects adapted easily and quickly to the use of a microcomputer; (7) subject interest remained high regardless of achievement or variances of individual characteristics; and (8) microcomputers can be considered a viable, motivating aid for the development of some problem-solving skills of early adolescents. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Programs, Decision Making Skills, Environmental Education, Evaluation, Grade 7, Grade 8, Interaction, Junior High School Students, Microcomputers, Problem Solving, Science Education, Science Instruction, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Early Adolescents; Science Education Research
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Michigan.