ERIC Number: ED261978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Staff Development for Instructional Uses of Microcomputers: The Teachers' Perspective.
Stasz, Cathleen; And Others
This paper sets forth recommendations for the topics and organization of preservice and inservice teacher training activities on the use of microcomputers for instructional purposes. A review of the literature on the framework for staff development programs is presented, pointing out the salient characteristics of successful inservice education programs. Opinions were sought from teachers who were considered effective in the use of microcomputers for mathematics and science instruction. A synthesis of the responses of the teachers (both elementary and secondary level) is presented. Suggestions on the organizational features of a staff development program included: (1) voluntary participation; (2) clearly stated objectives; (3) activities which meet teachers' needs and plans in a timely manner; (4) courseware immediately applicable to teachers' instructional needs; (5) instruction individualized as far as possible; (6) an experienced instructor; (7) sufficient "hands-on" practice; and (8) some incentives. Recommendations for program content included: (1) operation of the computers; (2) selection and evaluation of courseware; (3) instructional uses of computers; (4) initial training to include computer "literacy"; (5) integration of computers with instruction; and (6) computer programming. It was also recommended that computer education be included in preservice teacher education programs. (JD)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Inservice Teacher Education, Microcomputers, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Content, Program Design, Staff Development, Training Methods
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April, 1984).