ERIC Number: ED246838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Effectiveness of Microcomputers in Education: A Quick Guide to the Research.
Ploeger, Floyd D.
Based on a preliminary examination of over 1,200 article titles and abstracts and a subsequent review of selected articles, this booklet presents in highly abbreviated tabular format the most important research in the field of instructional microcomputing, including both computer assisted and computer managed instruction in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education. It is noted that a more detailed synthesis of the research has also been published (IR 011 208). Research topics covered in the booklet include computer literacy and the use of microcomputers in general learning and for instruction in mathematics, music, reading, science, and typing. For each of the 22 studies listed, information is provided on authors, date of publication, topic, population studied, methodology, and outcomes. A survey by Henry Jay Becker, concerned with the distribution of microcomputers in schools in the United States, is described in more detail and information is quoted directly from the Becker study on the typical micro-owning elementary and secondary school. It is concluded that instructional microcomputing has been demonstrated to be a valuable educational tool and most effective as an adjunct to traditional instructional tactics. Also provided are bibliographic citations for each of the research studies tabulated and lists of the advisory board members and regional exchange staff of the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. (ESR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.