ERIC Number: ED231734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-15
Reference Count: 0
How to Think About the New Instructional Technology and Social Science Education: Making Proper Distinctions. Draft Number 2.
Senn, Peter R.
A brief discussion of the need to define social studies is followed by methods for developing selection criteria for microcomputer programs in the social studies, a model for lesson development on a microcomputer, and evaluation criteria. The need for educators to carefully state what should be learned is emphasized in terms of controlling the implementation of computer programs in social studies education. An overriding criterion to software selection is forwarded: the method chosen to teach any subject should aim at teaching more (in terms of content) at lower cost. A 19-item checklist supplements this criterion. The model for developing a lesson on a microcomputer is neither machine-specific nor language-specific. The flow chart depicts processes and pretests, student tutorials, mastery tests, and a system for filing results for both teacher and student. Suggestions for software evaluation criteria focus on developing a checklist which contains a rating scale and comparing scores of program evaluations. The paper concludes that social science educators have little choice but to try to make sure that the new technology will be used properly. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Uses in Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Social Science Education Consortium (20th, Athens, GA, June 8-11, 1983).