ERIC Number: ED280456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Choosing the Ethical Path to Excellence in Computer Education.
Blubaugh, William L.
National attention has been placed on the need for the improvement of education, and teachers must become aware of the capabilities of computers for improving classroom instruction, choose appropriate software, and have a sufficient number of computers to support the software. The quality of educational computing depends on the quality of software selected and the way in which it is integrated into the curriculum. Universities have the responsibility for insuring that students planning to teach and inservice teachers have experience with software, programming, and learning theory related to computer education. School districts should establish committees to review software, and provide both the opportunity and the hardware for teachers to maintain computer instruction skills. Each district needs a computer education specialist, and each school needs at least one similar specialist to relate the needs and goals of the district to individual teachers. As the use of computers and other information technologies reshapes the fundamental methods of teaching and doing mathematics, developers of high school mathematics curriculum must consider both the changing preparation of their entering students and the changing college and work environments their graduates will enter. Future research should address such questions as ways of using technology to help students model the world better and become more skilled at solving world problems. Another question relates to the mental models people hold of how computers function and how their notions affect their learning about computing. Nine references are listed. (MES)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Microcomputers in Education (6th, Tempe, AZ, March 12-14, 1986).