ERIC Number: ED244493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec-26
Reference Count: 0
A Model Program in Microcomputer Utilization with Handicapped Students. Final Performance Report.
Hummel, William; Hahn, Robert
The report presents findings and materials developed in an investigation of the value of microcomputers and specially designed software materials in mathematics instruction with 90 learning disabled, emotionally impaired, and mentally retarded students in elementary, middle school and high school classes. Ss were divided into three groups: experimental (Ss received computer literacy training and used specially designed software materials); usage (Ss had access to the same hardware but had no literacy training and used only commercially available software); and control. Pre- and post-test scores on the Key Mathematics Test taken by all students measured achievement in Total Mathematics; the test also provided a Computation Skills subtest score which was used in analyzing project results. Results included differences at middle, elementary, and high school levels. Findings suggested that in the middle school, microcomputers may be more effective than traditional materials alone. Data from elementary and high school classes did not demonstrate more significant effectiveness for microcomputers. Difficulties in research design are noted as factors affecting levels of significance are identified. Also included in the report are an inservice guide for presenting material on classroom use of computers, a description of 17 computer remedial math programs, a computer instructional manual, and a manual to teach students to use the PET computer. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Linden Community Schools, MI.