ERIC Number: ED253195
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: N/A
Functional Environments for Microcomputers in Education.
A research program was undertaken to study the functional learning environment (FLE) in which computers operate, i.e., those environments in which learning activities have a function or purpose from the child's viewpoint. Results of three projects illustrate the importance of teachers in creating and interpreting children's learning environments. The first project was designed to determine whether experience with LOGO programing would enhance third and sixth grade children's planning skills; no effects on planning were found. The second project involved one aspect of the Bank Street College Project in Mathematics and Science Education, in which a FLE is based on a multimedia simulation of a science show. Results indicated that the materials were successful from the children's viewpoint, while teachers' evaluations were mixed. The third project investigated whether networking can be used as a FLE for writing and communication. The three studies raise fundamental questions about the design and implementation of FLE's, particularly the relationship between the children's purposes and those of their teachers. It is concluded that coordination of divergent purposes within a FLE is a critical factor in the success of classroom microcomputer activities. Twenty-one references are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY. Center for Children and Technology.