ERIC Number: ED396704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun-30
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Effective Use of Classroom Computer Stations across the Curriculum.
This study examined the effective use of computer stations across the curriculum. Research was conducted in a fourth grade classroom in Lena, a small, rural farming town in northwestern Illinois. Desks were arranged in circular clusters of five. The students moved to five different stations, one of which was an IBM computer mini-lab. The lab, used as one of five language arts stations, was successful in motivating students to learn keyboarding, brainstorming for ideas, practicing various styles of writing, using the word processor, and working in cooperative learning groups. The objective of the study was to determine how to transfer the use of the computer stations concept to another content area, such as social studies. Attitudinal surveys, observation, whole-group dialogue, and portfolios were used to determine if the computer stations were being used effectively in social studies. Questions on the attitudinal survey included items about frequency of use; favorite and least favorite activities; application of individual talents; improvement in academic skills; social developments; and leadership opportunities. The survey was distributed at the beginning and at the end of the 1995-96 school year. Results of the study indicated overall increased computer use and increased student motivation and interest. Class activities are described in detail and 17 figures depict photographs of the classroom and copies of student projects. (Contains 39 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
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Note: Master's Research Paper, National-Louis University.