ERIC Number: ED300641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-23
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Related Mathematics Teaching Utilizing Interactive Computer Technology.
Burrell, Lewis P.
A mathematics program was developed and implemented at the Jefferson County (Ohio) Joint Vocational School to raise the mathematics functioning of special needs students by using interactive computers. Special needs students were pre- and posttested with the Wide Range Achievement Test, Arithmetic section. The 11th-grade students functioning at the lowest levels were assigned to a mathematics laboratory one period per day for 22-day rotation intervals. A grade-level equivalency chart was developed, and each student was assigned interactive mathematics diskettes from commercially available software at the appropriate level. Students were assisted individually by a mathematics teacher. Data were collected on 11th-grade groups for three years. During the initial pilot year, a sample of 28 students had average gains of more than two grade levels; similar gains were reported in subsequent years and with adult students. The basic components of this project are easily replicable by school districts nationwide. The appendixes include statistical data analyses and a list of commercial computer math programs. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Disadvantaged Youth, Exceptional Persons, Grade 11, Individualized Instruction, Mainstreaming, Mathematics Instruction, Microcomputers, Online Systems, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Special Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Vocational and Career Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Ohio Department of Education's Research Dissemination Conference (Columbus, OH, November 23, 1988).