ERIC Number: ED479499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-5
Developing Pedagogy for Wireless Calculator Networks--and Researching Teacher Professional Development. Final Report. Part 2--Technical Report and Research Description to the National Science Foundation.
Owens, Douglas T.; Demana, Franklin; Abrahamson, A. Louis; Meagher, Michael; Herman, Marlena
This project was designed to investigate the potential of classroom communication systems (CCSs) for facilitating effective teaching and creating effective learning environments. The study was specifically designed to examine the extent to which teachers use CCSs in their classrooms to facilitate environments which are learner-centered, knowledge-centered, assessment-centered, and community-centered and whether such a result might be possible after only a typical brief teacher inservice summer training program. The specific CCSs used for this study were prototypes of the TI-Navigator, the teacher's computer, and the internet. Selected mathematics and science teachers were trained in effective pedagogical techniques for using the technology and integrating it into their classrooms. Thirty-four teachers attended a week long-workshop at the Ohio State University in August 2001. Ten teachers used the techniques in their classrooms during spring semester in 2002. Toward the end of the semester, researchers associated with this project visited these classrooms as part of a comprehensive assessment effort that included surveys of all students and teachers, select student focus groups, and teacher interviews. It was observed that the use of CCSs in classrooms by teachers tended to facilitate educational environments which were learner-, knowledge-, assessment-, and community-centered. (SOE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Produced by Better Education Inc. and Ohio State University.