ERIC Number: ED369944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May-5
Use of Technology in Developing Problem Solving/Critical Thinking Skills.
Garcia, Julio R.
The integration of technology into standard curricula is expanding with availability of educational software and teacher recognition of the role of technology in improvement of students' problem-solving/critical thinking skills. The basic components in problem solving are a good problem statement, a research and development component, a testing of solutions component, and an evaluation component. Technology educators must consider that critical thinking skills are best taught within the context of specific disciplines or subject areas. A systematic approach for problem solving includes three steps: understand the problem statement, develop a systematic plan, and check solution or answer. Multimedia computer technology makes it possible to present rich problem-solving environments. This powerful technology is perceived as a way to teach not only content but also thinking or reasoning skills. Multimedia technology is a powerful educational tool that can deliver an individualized presentation of information that is difficult to achieve in the classroom or laboratory setting. Through this interactivity, learners actively develop the thinking skills necessary in technology education and other disciplines. Problems related to integrating multimedia into teaching include student complaints about additional workload and added hassle of computer access, the "computer ignorance" factor, and "inertia factor" in the faculty. (Contains 38 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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