ERIC Number: ED219879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Drill and Practice.
Rudnytsky, Joanne B.
It is more important for children to learn concepts in mathematics than to be able to perform automatic computational functions. By permitting manipulation of the relationships among visible objects, computer graphics can make it easier for students to grasp concepts and can serve as an essential ingredient in effective computer-assisted instruction. This paper discusses several examples drawn from two series of educational programs for computer-assisted instruction in mathematics at the elementary level. Each topic in the two series is presented in two units. One is a highly interactive, branching tutorial that provides the learner the opportunity to give problems to the computer and to solve problems posed by the computer. The second unit is a game or exploration that uses the skill developed in the first unit in a creative way or sets it in a wider context. The author argues that the series allows students to operate as real mathematicians do, following hunch and intuition with testing and proof, rather than depending on an alienating process of rote rule memorization. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Graphics, Computer Oriented Programs, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction
Not available separately; see EA 014 910.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The Computer: Extension of the Human Mind. Proceedings, Annual Summer Conference, College of Education, University of Oregon (3rd, Eugene, OR, July 21-23, 1982). For related documents, see EA 014 910-932.