ERIC Number: ED419504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Effective Means To Help Teachers Master Computer Applications.
The computer has become an indispensable tool for teachers. Presently, many teachers are making efforts to master needed computer application skills. This study first focused on the differences between novice and experienced users to identify possible task-oriented factors that might help novice users overcome the learning curve. Errors frequently committed by novice and experienced users were compared. Also examined were the implementation results of several instructional devices throughout a microcomputer application course to determine the effects based on students' performance. In addition, students were surveyed for their opinions about which means they believed to be beneficial to their learning. Results suggest that practicing on integrative procedural tasks might help computer learners to perform better. The results also suggest that it is important to relate the computer tasks to the practical classroom setting and to lead undergraduate preservice students to become more aware of practicing teachers' tasks. (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Error Patterns, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Instructional Materials, Microcomputers, Skill Development, Student Reaction, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: NECC '98: Proceedings of the National Educating Computing Conference (19th, San Diego, CA, June 22-24, 1998); see IR 018 902.