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ERIC Number: ED417028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 70
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving the Effectiveness of Computers in the Elementary Classroom through Peer Tutoring.
Sills, Christine; Soden, Kristin
Although many elementary classrooms have computers, students commonly report that they do not know how to use the them. This study assessed the effectiveness of a computer training program for students to increase their awareness of and comfort level on Macintosh and IBM computers in their classroom. Participating were fifth graders in an academically heterogeneous class in a school serving a middle to upper class population. Eight students (four boys and four girls, representing a wide range of abilities) were selected by the teacher to complete the training program and then tutor the remaining members of the class involved in the study. The tutors trained classmates on the use of ClarisWorks, a word processing program, with four tutors working on Macintosh and four on IBM computers. Tutors completed a Training Checklist after working with each student. The students' skills were evaluated both before and after the training sessions; the results showed that over 87 percent of the student felt extremely comfortable on both computer systems after being trained and rated the training program as very good or excellent. (Seven tables and 11 figures delineate findings. Six appendices contain the computer assignments, training checklists, and questionnaires. Contains 36 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A