ERIC Number: ED249925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Information Management Tools for Classrooms: Exploring Database Management Systems. Technical Report No. 28.
Freeman, Carla; And Others
In order to understand how the database software or online database functioned in the overall curricula, the use of database management (DBMs) systems was studied at eight elementary and middle schools through classroom observation and interviews with teachers and administrators, librarians, and students. Three overall areas were addressed: teachers' backgrounds in teaching and computers, the information-seeking activities that teachers required of their students and the curriculum context in which they occurred, and the use of the specific database system and its relationship to students' information-management skills. Results indicated that the DBMs were implemented in varied ways depending on software selection, schools' philosophies about computers, teacher selection and training, type of database activities, and problems in classroom use. Problems noted relate to the rigid information format required by software, inability of the software to allow for definition changes, limited hardware access, math and programming as exclusive domains for computer use, insufficient teacher training, limited classroom information-based activities, and students' math and reading skills. This report includes in-depth case study reports of two of the schools, a summary, conclusions, and the teacher interview guide. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY. Center for Children and Technology.