ERIC Number: ED357731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Design, Development and Implementation of a Middle School Computer Applications Curriculum.
Pina, Anthony A.
This report documents the design, development, and implementation of computer applications curricula in a pilot program augmenting the regular curriculum for eighth graders at a private middle school. In assessing the needs of the school, a shift in focus was made from computer programming to computer application. The basic objectives of the course included identifying basic components of the computer system, learning basic computer terminology, and performing basic computer, word processing and graphics functions. A brief history of computers and a description of ethical issues of computer usage were added at the request of the school administration. A hands-on approach was chosen for most of the instruction, using criterion referenced assessment of learner competencies. Results of the evaluation of the program revealed five strengths and three weaknesses and concluded that: (1) computer literacy at an early age gives learners access to a very powerful tool; (2) a course to upgrade keyboarding skills would be a valuable prerequisite to computer instruction; (3) the teaching of computers as a separate, non-integrated subject does not tap the potential of integrating computers into other curricular areas; and (4) teachers and teacher educators must be better educated in the use of computers to assist in instructional and administrative functions. (Contains 8 references.) (ALF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Science Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Grade 8, Instructional Design, Instructional Development, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Pilot Projects, Private Schools, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Word Processing
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Arizona Educational Research Organization (Phoenix, AZ, November 5-6, 1992).