ERIC Number: ED364431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Perspectives for Computing in Mathematics. Technology in Higher Education: Current Reflections. Fifth in a Series.
This document promotes a better awareness of available technological tools, their implementation, and their advantages and applications in teaching and learning mathematics. Principles for successful implementation are: (1) computation should be an integral part of instruction; (2) software and curriculum development should go hand-in-hand; (3) implementing computation without radically altering curriculum is possible (but not optimal) as long as principle number 1 is adhered to. Computers should be distributed across classrooms, and physical design of facilities is important. Calculus reform projects are cited as examples of how curricular changes can be brought about. The major outcome of a workshop entitled "Computers in the Mathematics Classroom" was that faculty are in great need of models for curriculum change and the improvement of teaching through the use of technology. Several mathematics software packages have "scripting" or "notebook" features which allow the teacher to alter the scripting to suit individual tastes and needs, allow students to work individually or in groups, and reduce the need for lecturing. The use of projection technology integrated with computer applications for use in large classrooms is discussed. The technologies of teaching and learning in mathematics and science and in the humanities are drawing closer together with developments in hypertext and modular toolkits. (MAZ)
Descriptors: Calculators, Calculus, College Mathematics, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
Institute for Academic Technology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, P.O. Box 12017, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Inst. for Academic Technology.