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ERIC Number: ED263871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jan-1
Pages: 179
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Technology Applications in Basic Skills (TABS). Year One Report-1984.
Lavin, Richard
This report presents the design, organization, and findings of a federally funded project implemented in three Northeastern Massachusetts towns (Burlington, Lunenburg, and Tewksbury), which demonstrated the application of computer technology to school improvement, specifically in the areas of writing, problem solving, and research/study skills in grades 6 through 8. Project purposes are given, as well as reasons for the study, which was designed to address these specific problems: purchase of computer hardware without adequate instructional systems design; introduction of microcomputers and plans for computer literacy instruction with minimal attention paid to present subject matter curriculum; little staff instruction on how to integrate the microcomputer into the existing curriculum or how the technology might alter the curriculum, and lack of systematic methods for courseware evaluation. The project background and setting are described, as well as a list of findings from the first year. Components of the project design are given, including a rationale for the project, project needs, the program development model, the assumptions for the conceptual approach, and the flexibility of the instructional program. Program implementation in each of the three school sites is described, with particular attention given to specific information on technology and the curriculum; hardware, software and other materials; and staff development and training. The report's concluding sections include descriptions of project assistance, project organization and management, and evaluation methods for determining the success of the program implementation. The latter half of the report presents a six-page bibliography and 10 appendices, which include learning module formats, a summary of hardware and software, teacher development college course descriptions, teacher computer skills inventory, and lists of program and behavioral objectives. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Center for Libraries and Education Improvement.
Authoring Institution: Merrimack Education Center, Chelmsford, MA.