ERIC Number: ED315061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Engagement of Thinking Processes: A Two Year Study of Selected Apple Classroom of Tomorrow Students.
Tierney, Robert J.
This study of the Apple Classroom of Tomorrow (ACOT) environment focused on the potential of a computer-saturated environment to facilitate students' thinking processes. Four approaches were used: (1) a longtitudinal approach to study student growth and development; (2) observations of students' behavior while writing with the computer to study their thinking processes; (3) daily interviews with students to explore the nature of their thinking while writing; and (4) lengthy generalized interviews to determine students' use of the computer in the home and school environment. ACOT students in the ninth and tenth grades were found to be both confident and positive about their computer experiences. Students found the computerized learning to be more challenging, with Hypercard, computer-based robotics, and computer graphics affording a more dynamic learning experience. The graphic feature available with the Macintosh appeared to be a vital feature of the students' writing and the nature of engaged thinking strategies. Students also demonstrated an expanding repertoire of planning and revision behavior, and several students commented that using computer-generated text allowed them to make more revisions and check for coherence. Finally, ACOT students who had returned to regular classroom environments had maintained the computer-based skills they had acquired, although they were disappointed at the lack of computer opportunities in the regular classroom environment. The text is supplemented by two diagrams and numerous charts. (EW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, CA.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Columbus)