Software Goes to School: Teaching for Understanding with New Technology / Edition 1

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Overview

As American students confront the multiple challenges of standardized tests, international comparisons, and drop-out pressures, educators and policy makers are seeking bold new teaching approaches with increasing urgency. One such approach - the introduction of innovative computer technologies into the classroom - has met with enthusiasm among students and instructors alike. Software Goes to School brings together leading experts to offer an in-depth examination of how computer technology can play an invaluable part in educational efforts through its unique capacities to support the development of students' understanding of difficult concepts. Focusing on three broad themes - the nature of understanding, the potential of technology in the classroom, and the transformation of educational theory into practice - the contributors discuss a wealth of subjects central to any efforts that intend to improve our schools. Topics range from the difficulties students encounter when learning new ideas (especially in science and mathematics), to how the right software allows for hands-on manipulation of abstract concepts, to the social realities of the educational environment. Lively and engaging, the book is must reading for students, researchers, and professionals in educational psychology, developmental psychology, software design, and for others who hope to see new technologies have a positive impact on our schools.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195115772
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/27/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

David N. Perkins is Co-director of Project Zero, Associate of the Educational Technology Center, and Senior Research Associate, all at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Judah L. Schwartz is Professor of Engineering Science and Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Professor of Education and Co-director at the Educational Technology Center at Harvard.
Martha Stone Wiske is Co-director of the Educational Technology Center, Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, and Lecturer at Harvard.
Mary Maxwell West is Senior Research Associate in the Program Evaluation & Research Group at Lesley College.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction
PART I: Understanding Understanding
1. Can Technology Help Teach for Understanding?, Raymond S. Nickerson
2. Use of History of Science to Understand and Remedy Students' Misconceptions about Heat and Temperature, Marianne Wiser
3. On Understanding the Nature of Scientific Knowledge, Susan Carey and Carol Smith
4. History of Mathematics as a Tool for Teaching Mathematics for Understanding, Carlos E. Vasco
5. Inside Understanding, David N. Perkins et al.
PART II: Using Technology to Make a Distinctive Contribution
6. Shuttling Between the Particular and the General: Reflections of the Role of Conjecture and Hypothesis in the Generation of Knowledge in Science and Mathematics, Judah L. Schwartz
7. Conceptually Enhanced Simulations: A Computer Tool for Science Teaching, Joseph Snir, Carol Smith, and Lorraine Grosslight
8. Creating Cybernetic and Psychological Ramps from the Concrete to the Abstract: Examples from Multiplicative Structures, James J. Kaput
9. Multiple Representations: A Vehicle for Understanding Understanding, E. Paul Goldenberg
10. The Right Size Byte: Reflections of an Educational Software Designer, Judah L. Schwartz
PART III: Connecting Educational Research and Practice
11. A Cultural Perspective on School-University Collaboration, Martha Stone Wiske
12. Managing the Tensions in Connecting Students' Inquiry with Learning Mathematics in School, Magdalene Lampert
13. Constructing Understanding in the Science Classroom: Integrating Laboratory Experiments, Student and Computer Models, and Class Discussion in Learning Scientific Concepts, Joseph Snir and Carol Smith
14. Teaching the Metacurriculum: A New Approach to Enhancing Subject-Matter Learning, Steven H. Schwartz and David N. Perkins
15. Integrating Computers into Classroom Teaching: Cross-National Perspectives, Margaret Vickers and Jane Smalley
Index

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