ERIC Number: ED443414
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-25
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The Assimilation of Technology in a Sixth-Grade Classroom: Teacher Learning from the Use of an Open Toolset.
Hartmann, Christopher E.; McFarlane, Doug
This paper discusses a case study of the implementation of the computer software, "Boxer," in a single sixth-grade classroom. The paper reports on the process of teacher learning accompanying the assimilation of a new technology into this classroom. A case study approach was used because the teacher taught a 4-week class using Boxer to study geometric figures in the plane five times during a single school year to different groups of students. This repetition was used to study change in the teacher's instructional practices over time. Based on the evidence from this single case, three conclusions are drawn that can serve as starting points for further research. First, the use of technology can serve as a resource that helps to increase the presence of student thinking during classroom instruction. Second, new technologies such as Boxer can be assimilated into a teacher's familiar and productive class routines and serve as a resource. Third, the use of technologies that serve as open toolsets (A. A. diSessa, 1997) can support change in the classroom by allowing for flexibility in response to long-term or emergent goals. Contains 26 references. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; National Center for Improving Student Learning and Achievement in Mathematics and Science, Dartmouth, MA.
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