ERIC Number: ED326202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Opportunities for Research on the Organizational Impact of School Computers. Technical-Report-No. 7.
As computers are acquired in greater numbers in schools, their impact on the social organization of instruction increasingly becomes an issue for research. Developments in the cognitive science of instruction, drawing on sociohistorical theory, provide researchers with an appropriate theoretical approach to cultural tools and cognitive change, while developments in the technology of computer-supported cooperative work provide researchers with models for organizational impact outside of education. The concept of a formative experiment in which schools are supported in the appropriation of new technology is illustrated by a project that implements local area network technology in an elementary school. The concept of appropriation derived from sociohistorical theory highlights how schools can make use of technology for goals not anticipated by the researcher. (42 references) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Technology in Education, New York, NY.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.