ERIC Number: ED225562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Review of First Grade Software Materials.
Microcomputer software in language arts and mathematics available for use with the first grade curriculum was located, previewed, and evaluated. To obtain a sampling of educational software, a letter requesting all available first grade materials was sent to 50 companies. Of these, 32 companies responded, and 17 had such material. Following the previewing of these programs and additional software being used in the Indiana University Microcomputer Demonstration Laboratory, 14 programs were evaluated using an 11-criteria evaluation instrument derived from a literature review. Data were separated into technical, educational, or management categories for analysis. The study was limited by the subjective nature of the evaluation, the low number of responses from software program producers, and company reluctance to allow material previewing. Programs scored highest in the technical category, with appropriate graphics being the only criterion not met by all programs. Management was deficient only in the adequate tracing of student progress. The educational category scored the lowest, supporting the claim found in the literature that software needs to be developed through the joint efforts of programmers and educators. This study report includes a table listing the software evaluated, and the criteria met by each program, a 12-item bibliography, and an appendix listing companies contacted. (LMM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Indiana University.