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ERIC Number: ED259714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of the Computer on Problem Solving Skills.
Kurshan, Barbara; Williams, Joyce
This report presents the results of a study conducted to determine if the use of a microcomputer increases the problem solving ability of junior high school students. Two seventh grade classes from similar schools in the state of Virginia were selected for the study. The first group was exposed to introductory computer literacy skills and simple computer programming exercises for an entire year in a microcomputer laboratory, while the second group was not given computer instruction. The results indicate that the students exposed to computers show increased problem solving ability and that there are some differences in problem solving skills between boys and girls exposed to the computer. It is concluded that the computer is a useful tool for increasing problem solving skills and recommendations are made for curriculum changes and additions, including specific microcomputer software packages and computer activities that could further increase problem solving skills enhanced by the use of the computer. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A