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ERIC Number: ED218705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Pages: 18
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Microcomputers and Problem Solving.
Bitter, Gary G.
Computers have the power to make drastic changes in modern life and in education particularly. It is uncertain, however, how smoothly computers can be integrated into society and into the schools. The speed of the growth of computer technology is often referred to as a revolution, with a constantly increasing ability to store and recall information and solve problems at lower and lower costs. The major impediments to the introduction of computers into schools are teachers' hostility and lack of knowledge. Computer education is best aimed at preservice teachers. This can be done through a "saturation" approach, through special courses added on to the curriculum, or by integration of the computer into existing courses. There are three ways microcomputers can be integrated into education: computer awareness, computer managed instruction, and computer assisted instruction. Computer assisted instruction can be divided into several categories: drill and practice, tutorial, simulation, information retrieval, and problem-solving. Computers can be used in each kind of mathematical problem-solving, including understanding strategies, translating words into symbols, forming mathematical models, developing deductive thinking, improving decision-making, appreciating mathematical skills, and developing mental and logical skills. Examples of computer applications to each kind of problem-solving conclude the paper. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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