ERIC Number: ED317836
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Assisted Learning in Numeracy.
Computer-assisted learning in numeracy for adults is far less developed than computer-assisted learning in literacy. Although a great many software programs exist, few are suitable for adults and many offer only drill and practice exercises instead of teaching genuine computer skills. One approach instructors can take is to have their students use content-free software, such as word processing, database management, and spreadsheet programs. With this approach, students develop computer skills at the same time they develop language, numeracy, or literacy skills; the computer program is never redundant; it is possible to develop new materials; existing materials can be modified; and once they have learned how to use the program, students have a powerful tool to use in other areas of their life. Instructors can learn the program with their students and should not let the fact that they are not expert in it deter them from using the program with students. Instructors can set up spreadsheets for basic number work, including exploring magic squares, discovering a relationship between two numbers, and investigating the powers of 10. In addition, they can use the spreadsheet program for its usual accounting exercises, such as working out personal budgets and comparing methods of payment. Word processing programs can be used to let students write about their experiences with math and answer on-screen worksheets that require mathematical thinking. The programming language LOGO can be helpful to adults, but they often are not interested in it. When students create a database with programs such as World Count, which has a high degree of numeracy content, the computer becomes an additional resource rather than the focus of attention. (CML)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, London (England).