ERIC Number: ED284825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Based Education in the Social Studies.
Ehman, Lee H.; Glenn, Allen D.
Computers have not revolutionized social studies curricula because so few teachers use them. But research does indicate that computers are flexible instructional tools that can assist in the development of attitudes, intellectual motivation, and inquiry skills. Social studies educators need to consider expanded computer use in their classrooms because computers assist in the preparation of students for effective participation in society. Teachers must understand how technology affects instruction, learning, and classroom environments, along with the types of effective instructional strategies that can be used to achieve specific goals. Educators should acquire the knowledge and experience needed to use computers by reviewing research relating to computer use in teaching and to instructional strategies. Information on research concerning the impact of computers on students, how computers change the way teachers' work, computers' effect on the training process, and computers' influence on the social studies curriculum is included. Necessary teacher competencies and appropriate instructional uses are explored through an analysis of teacher utility programs, databases, data analysis programs, and simulations. A 76-item bibliography concludes the document. (JHP)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Computers, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Multimedia Instruction, Social Studies, Teachers, Teaching Methods
Publication Manager, Social Studies Development Center, Indiana University, 2805 East Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.