ERIC Number: ED419533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
A Theory of Curriculum Change in Schools: The Case of Integrating Computer Technology into Instruction in a Suburban Elementary School.
Gaynor, Alan K.; Vescuso, Nancy J.
This paper reports a project being conducted in collaboration with teachers and administrators in an elementary school in an affluent suburban school district. The purpose of the project is to formulate a theory of curriculum change that will be useful to people in the school, the school district, and the community interested in intensifying the integration of computer technology in the teaching of various subjects in the school. The central hypotheses highlight the importance of teachers and student learning as powerful factors in the success or failure of the computer integration effort. In summary, while there are many potential self-reinforcing loops which could be harnessed to generate growth in the use of computer for instruction in the elementary school under analysis, growth is ultimately bounded by financial constraints related to the willingness of the community to bear the tax burden and by the willingness of teachers to put in the preparation time required to take advantage of the potential of computer instruction to enrich and individualize instruction. A list of factors influencing the integration of computer technology into instruction is appended. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).