ERIC Number: ED264086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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Integrating Microcomputers into Science Education. Computer Technology Program Reports to Decision Makers. Number 6, November 1985.
Computers are integrated into science education when they are used as the most appropriate tool or delivery system to support the goals of science education. The goals of science education can be condensed into two general areas. One area concerns the preparation of a science-literate citizenry; the second area concerns understanding the interrelationships of science, technology, and society. Current uses of computers that support these goals include: (1) direct instruction software, which use drill and practice, tutorials, or a combination of both; (2) exploratory software, which allow students to explore a system, manipulate variables, and observe outcomes (including simulation, problem-solving, and inventory programs); and (3) software used in laboratories, business, and industry (laboratory interfacing systems, word processors, database management systems, spreadsheets, and graphing/numerical analysis). To achieve integration of computers into science education requires planning, preparation, and well-organized classroom management strategies. For decision-makers (the change agents), this requires involving science teachers in an active integration process, providing inservice training, organizing a curriculum development effort, and providing such incentives as release time for curriculum development, stipends for additional work, and recognition for the results. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.