ERIC Number: ED219873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
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Computer Assisted Problem Solving in Mathematics.
Piele, Donald T.
Arguments for and against the use of computers in mathematics classes have centered on whether students benefit from or are merely hindered by practicing computational skills. This paper claims that the true essence of mathematics lies not in computation, basically a mechanical operation, but in problem-solving. Since no amount of computational skill will help the student who can't determine how to approach a problem, the author suggests that mathematics teachers can use computers to help teach students how to develop problem-solving algorithms, a skill whose usefulness extends beyond pure mathematics into other sciences, word processing, games, and other areas of life. The LOGO computer language and the "Mathland" computer-based learning environment developed by Seymour Papert provide examples of how computer education in mathematics can be developed. So too does the Computer Assisted Mathematics Program for teaching algorithm development to secondary school students, originated at the University of Minnesota. The paper suggests a model inservice program for developing teachers' computer literacy, and comments on the need for computer-related instruction that, without concentrating on programing itself, offers more learner control than does traditional computer-assisted instruction. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Algorithms, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving
Not available separately; see EA 014 910.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Computer Assisted Mathematics Program; Computer Assisted Problem Solving; Papert (Seymour)
Note: In: The Computer: Extension of the Human Mind. Proceedings, Annual Summer Conference, College of Education, University of Oregon (3rd, Eugene, OR, July 21-23, 1982). For related documents, see EA 014 910-932.