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ERIC Number: ED268203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Modern Technology and Urban Schools.
Fullilove, Robert E., III
The State of Black America, p37-64 1985
This paper discusses the use of computers in urban schools and mathematics education as it relates to computer literacy, especially for black students. First, the importance of computer literacy as an entry to the technological workplace is emphasized and computer literacy is defined. Mathematics education is presented as an important step in achieving computer literacy. Research findings from other studies on access to and use of computers show that urban and Title I schools report heavy emphasis on computer-mediated remedial/basic skills instruction and suggest that computers are less accessible in predominantly minority elementary schools than in white schools. The lack of exposure of minority students to computers and information science is cited as a danger to their future in the workplace. Statistics show that black students fall far behind white students in mathematics education, but there are programs that have successfully challenged black students to achieve in mathematics. The Professional Development Program of the University of California at Berkeley is profiled. In conclusion, it is recommended that black students must be given access to computers; efforts must be substantially increased to help black students become computer literate rather than use computers for drill or remedial instruction; and steps must be taken to increase black students' proficiency in mathematics. Tables giving the data from studies are appended. (CG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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