ERIC Number: ED241320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Science and Mathematics Software Opportunities and Needs. Executive Summary.
Technical Education Research Center, Cambridge, MA.
This study examined the extent to which opportunities created by computer technology addresses the needs in school science and mathematics instruction. Information was gathered by obtaining descriptions of most available software; reviewing published software evaluations, grant-supported software development projects, and a broad selection of software; and by consulting experts in the field and school personnel. Among the findings reported are these: although software development is expensive and risky, software production is high; while a large amount of software is available, more high quality and classroom usable software is needed; both normative and descriptive software evaluations are greatly needed; many channels for software dissemination are inadequate to keep teachers fully informed about available software; schools allocate inadequate resources for software acquisition; microcomputer software can increase the range of science and mathematics topics successfully covered; and appropriate software can improve student performance in current courses. Broad improvements in teacher knowledge about the technology and the topics it facilitates, software dissemination, and classroom implementation are recommended to meet identified needs. These recommendations include developing software that teaches problem-solving skills, empowers students, and addresses process objectives. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Technical Education Research Center, Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research; Science Education Research; Software Evaluation