ERIC Number: ED331489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Uses in Secondary Science Education. ERIC Digest.
Morse, Ronald H.
The importance of using computers in a science education class is not limited to computer-assisted instruction (CAI). Computers may also be used as an educational strategy to improve overall learning and computer literacy in students. Research has shown an improvement in academic achievement in students using computers, as well as an increase in scientific reasoning skills and scientific knowledge. Many science teachers are currently using computers to produce tests and worksheets; record, calculate, and post student grades; develop tests and worksheets; and produce supplementary items such as crossword puzzles, posters, and diagrams to support instructional activities. A small number of teachers also use computers as a component in selected laboratory activities, and students are being increasingly introduced to computer database searching. On the cutting edge of classroom computer applications, interactive video disks (on biology, earth science, physics, and chemistry) are making their way into many science classrooms. The major factor inhibiting computer use is insufficient computer hardware and software due to budgetary constraints. Ideally, students would have access to individual microcomputer workstations complete with touch-screen interactive video and high quality computer managed instruction that would allow them to proceed at their own pace. In this situation, the role of the science teacher would be dramatically different, yet just as valuable and rewarding as it is now. Science education in the future will incorporate computer use--including word processing, many forms of computer assisted instruction (CAI), laboratory instrumentation, interactive video courseware, and scientific database searching--and the educational process will be better because of it. (8 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Databases, Educational Strategies, Interactive Video, Locus of Control, Microcomputers, Science Education, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Word Processing
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests; Microcomputer Based Laboratories