ERIC Number: ED309050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Microcomputers in the Science Classroom. ERIC/SMEAC Science Education Digest No. 3, 1988.
Helgeson, Stanley L.
This ERIC Digest presents a brief description of some applications and findings of the microcomputer in science classrooms. It is suggested that microcomputer simulations are at least as effective as hands-on experiences for some cognitive outcomes and may in fact enhance these outcomes when the simulations are sequenced to follow hands-on instruction. Skills such as graphing appear to be positively influenced by microcomputer-based experiences, although the apparently critical nature of a delay between the input of data and its corresponding graphic display should be noted. While sex difference in achievement may not have been eliminated by the use of the microcomputer, instances of equal performance have been noted. In the affective domain, both student attitudes and interest seem to be positive regarding the use of microcomputers in science instruction. Includes 10 references. (MVL)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Graphics, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Simulation, Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Laboratories, Microcomputers, Science Activities, Science Curriculum, Science Equipment, Science Experiments, Science Instruction, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes
ERIC/SMEAC, The Ohio State University, 1200 Chambers Road, 3rd Floor, Columbus, OH 43212 ($1.00 single copy; ordered in sets by year and area, $3.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Information Analyses; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, Columbus, OH.
Note: For other 1988 science digests see SE 050 697-698.