ERIC Number: ED275292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Implementation of Microcomputers into the Current K-12 Curriculum: A Critical Discussion of Issues.
Knupfer, Nancy N.
Arguing that computer science is not a survival skill although computer literacy may be and acceptance of computers definitely is, this paper recommends that any curricular changes involved in the implementation of computer education programs should adapt the computer to the larger educational goals of the schools, and separate the computer as a learning tool from the computer as the focus of study. The importance of the computer as a tool to enhance the learning process is noted, and it is suggested that the integration of computers into the existing curriculum to improve upon less productive modes of instruction is an exciting prospect. This paper briefly surveys the current uses of computers in education and reveals the scope of contemporary problems in this area, including curricular change and teacher attitudes. Some generalizations and qualifications about applications at all grade levels are outlined, followed by a discussion of an evolutionary approach to the incorporation of computers into the K-12 curriculum. Finally, this discussion suggests some limitations and hopes for the future, along with the implications for curriculum and instruction. (DJR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Working paper, University of Wisconsin-Madison.