ERIC Number: ED244814
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Microprocessors in Education Research Project. Final Report.
Avons, S. E.; And Others
This 3-year research project, centered on the cognitive psychology of child-computer interaction, focused on the use of microcomputers for teaching specific topics in mathematics and science. In particular, issues arising from the use of computer-based simulations to promote learning (including the nature of the information displayed, the degree of interaction between child and machine, and the nature of the student-machine interface) were examined. Specific areas investigated were comprehension of Cartesian graphs, the ability to understand the concept of area and its relationship to the estimation of rectangular area, and the perceptual-motor limitations of young children interacting with computerized displays using a light pen (comparing 5- to 11-year-olds). This report provides: (1) a summary and overview of the project; (2) an outline of progress made; (3) a discussion of methodology, results, and educational implications of these results; and (4) recommendations related to difficulties in planning and undertaking this kind of educational research. In addition, details of the project management and lists of internal project reports and publications are included. One finding reported is that, contrary to prevailing views, allowing children interactive control of animated displays does not lead to detectable changes in conceptual understanding. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Leverhulme Trust, London (England).
Authoring Institution: Manchester Univ., (England). Dept. of Psychology and Education.