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ERIC Number: ED256335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Examining the Effects of the Microcomputer on a Real World Class: A Naturalistic Study.
Shrock, Sharon A.; And Others
The effects of introducing a microcomputer into an elementary-school classroom were studied using a naturalistic paradigm. Initial questions investigated the impact of the microcomputer on children's behavior, interactions, and responses to available software; and on the teacher's role. Data were fathered through: weekly observation for 4 months; a 14-hour videotape recording of children using the microcomputer; a student questionnaire about preferences for alternative instructional media, microcomputer software, and partners when working on varied tasks; and interviews. Subjects were 12 students, ages 7 to 9, in a combined second and third grade classroom in a private elementary school in a small rural community in Southern Illinois. Themes emerged regarding differences in enthusiasm for the computer, sex differences, and age differences: (1) girls and boys alike expressed favorable attitudes toward the microcomputer, but boys were more interested in getting the machine to perform different functions; (2) among the older children, frequency of interaction surrounding the computer decreased during the study; (3) technical and logistical problems were frequent; and (4) introduction of the microcomputer placed many additional demands on the teacher. Thirteen references are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A