ERIC Number: ED246876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
The Effectiveness of Microcomputers in Education.
Ploeger, Floyd D.
This in-depth review of the literature synthesizes articles and abstracts identified as education-oriented microcomputer research studies published since 1979. A brief, historic overview of educational computing is followed by a review of the Becker (1983) survey, which concerned the distribution of microcomputers in education in the United States, and of several other survey studies that provide a framework for viewing the research. Differences in research using microcomputers and main frame computers are outlined. Case studies and reports suggest the types of microcomputing efforts that are representative of the major areas of emphasis in instructional microcomputing. Specific research studies on microcomputers are then grouped by the following content areas: general learning, computer literacy, mathematics, music, reading, science, and typing; a summary is provided for each content area. Conclusions based on the research reviewed indicate that instructional microcomputing can be a valuable educational tool; that affective factors such as motivation and self-esteem are enhanced through the inclusion of microcomputers in an instructional setting; and the use of instructional microcomputing is most effective as an adjunct to traditional instructional methods. A 12-page bibliography is included. (LMM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.