ERIC Number: ED241490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-2
Microcomputers in Classrooms: Implications for Teacher Education.
Burrows, Lodema; Dubitsky, Barbara
A program, developed to train teachers to use the computer, is based on the belief that adults acquire computer literacy in the same way that children do: sequentially and with hands-on experience. Programming is taught first. Reliance is placed on peer teaching as well as teaching by a skilled instructor. The role of play is emphasized in learning computer language and techniques. Materials and introductory instruction are provided, and free exploration is encouraged, followed by instructions for extending the play, deepening it, or showing how to progress so that the learning becomes richer and more satisfying. The role of the instructor in this training method is to be available to answer questions, troubleshoot, provide small lessons for trainees ready for them, and support the learning in whatever way seems suitable. After the programming has begun to solidify in the teachers' minds, further aspects of technology are introduced to them. In addition to this program description, a discussion on experiences with teachers is presented by a computer instructor who collaborated in the development of the program. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (36th, San Antonio, TX, February 1-4, 1984).