ERIC Number: ED242304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Microcomputers in Modern School Teaching: The Impact of Microelectronics on the Curriculum [and] Production and Distribution of Programs for Databased Education.
Fothergill, Richard; Coates, R. C.
This document consists of two separate papers, by different authors, that discuss (often duplicating each other) the Microelectronics Education Program (MEP), a program which was designed to help children understand new technology and its effects on society and to encourage teachers to use the new technology in improving their teaching effectiveness. The program uses a combination of nationally and regionally controlled programs coordinated by a national plan. Regional activities include information centers for teachers, an inservice training program for teachers in all subjects and at all levels, and curriculum development, including the preparation of new computer programs and other teaching materials. These three areas are mirrored in national projects. The program emphasizes four main domains: electronics and control technology, computer studies, computer based learning, and communication and information studies. Special education is also being addressed. Three major schemes are now complete or under way to help schools purchase equipment, all of them involving government funding of half the price while schools pay the other half. MEP has also produced inservice training packages. The program has thus been developing approaches, designing teaching and learning materials, and providing training in the use of equipment, as well as working with the final element, transforming the classroom itself into an environment that is re-arrangeable, open-ended, and exploratory. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Great Britain; Microelectronics Education Programme
Note: Two papers presented in Newcastle on Tyne, England (1983).