Staff development for instructional uses of microcomputers: the teachers' perspective

by Cathy Stasz, Werner Feibel, Abby Robyn, Richard J. Shavelson, John D. Winkler

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This paper uses data collected in a larger study of microcomputer-based mathematics and science instruction in elementary and secondary schools (P-6982) to make recommendations about the content and organization of staff-development activities designed to enable teachers to integrate microcomputers into their teaching. It draws on responses of successful microcomputer-using teachers, as well as a review of the literature. Among its recommendations about staff-development activities are the following: that participation in these activities be voluntary, that they be initiated by teachers and administrators working in collaboration, that they be immediately applicable to teachers' needs, and that some kind of incentives be provided. The study also recommends that staff-development courses should cover, among other topics, operation of a microcomputer, selection and evaluation of courseware (software), and computer programming.

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