ERIC Number: ED352925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Using Computers in Mathematics Teaching. A Collection of Case Studies.
Ponte, Joao Pedro; And Others
This collection of case studies of classroom experiences in middle and secondary schools throughout the European Community describes the use of computers in mathematics education. The 16 studies are organized in four main groups: (1) experience in geometry using educational software and Logo in grades 5-10; (2) arithmetic number concepts, statistics, and probability in grades 6-7, using computers to work with numbers and simulate random events; (3) the concept of numerical function and its graphical representation in grades 10-11, including calculus, algebra, and trigonometry; and (4) new topics or new approaches to the mathematics curriculum in grades 11-12, including modeling and combining mathematics and computer science concepts. Further characteristics of the case studies include (1) the different kinds of software--games, tutorial-practice, programming languages, microworlds, spreadsheets, databases, and subject oriented flexible tools, such as MathCad; (2) the origins and nature of the teaching and learning process--group work, problem solving, exploratory activities, searching and interpreting information; and (3) patterns of classroom organization--mathematics laboratories, resource centers, and computers in the classroom. The annexes contain the names and addresses of the teachers and a list of the software packages described in the case studies. (ALF)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Games, Computer Simulation, Computer Software, Educational Innovation, Foreign Countries, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Laboratories, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics
Projecto Minerva-DEFCUL, Faculdade de Ciencias de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1700 Lisboa, Portugal ($15).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium).
Authoring Institution: Lisbon Univ. (Portugal). Dept. of Education.