ERIC Number: ED345714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Dynamic Knowledge in School. An Action Research on Instructional Development with the Aid of Microcomputers. Research Bulletin 79.
A 5-year project conducted in three comprehensive schools in a small community near Helsinki, Finland, was designed to integrate new information technology into the curriculum and to assist teachers in changing traditional instructional practices. General goals of the project were: (1) to make the knowledge and learning process more active; (2) to help learning become a cooperative process in which teachers are facilitators rather than information presenters; (3) to help learners experience and participate in the responsibility for their own learning; (4) to effectively use new technology, represented by the microcomputer; and (5) to integrate school knowledge with students' other knowledge of society. The teachers' interest in the project was awakened with the aid of microcomputers. All of the teachers and principals participated voluntarily in the project, which, after the first stage, turned out to be an expanding undertaking for instructional and administrative development. The basis for development was teachers' small-group activities; the groups of 7 to 12 teachers decided on the objectives of each experimental year and planned and carried out the inservice education needed for attaining the objectives. An action-researcher interpreted relevant research results and gave practitioners help and advice in making use of the new technologies. This final report covers the rationale for the project; the theoretical background for curriculum, staff, and organizational development; the research method used to evaluate the project; problems and data gathering; the results of each of the experimental years; the viewpoints of the superintendent, the principals, and the teacher's groups; and a discussion of the changes in the schools. It is noted that the project was successful, and that, although the official project has been completed, the pioneering effort will continue. (74 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Development, Instructional Innovation, Microcomputers, Program Evaluation, School Restructuring, Student Participation, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Helsinki Univ. (Finland). Dept. of Education.